Posted by Budgellism
"As for Shane Carwin: Jon Olav Einemo. That's his next opponent. He's from Norway. He's 6 foot 6, and he's the Abu Dabi [sic] submission champion"
What do you think Playground? I personally think this is a very strange match but it should be an interesting fight. If Einemo can survive an early onslaught he should take this.
I agree with this for the most part. I think they want to get Carwin a win to keep him at the top, but i don't think they want to do it at the expense of any of their "up and comers". I don't think they would throw Schaub (if they would even fight each other), Mitrione, Russow, Browne, etc to the wolves just yet.
Also, for some reason, they seemed to be set on UFC 131 for his return. If they pushed it back, or changed up the already scheduled fights a little, they could have given Carwin a better fight. But due to scheduling, there weren't many options available. Really, the only guys available were Rothwell, Beltran, Hunt, Tuchscherer, and Mitrione if his hand has healed.
Rothwell was saying he wouldn't be back until August. If Mitrione's hand wasn't healed, you're pretty much stuck with Beltran, Hunt, or Tuchscherer (assuming they are all medically cleared. Not sure on them). Einemo isn't that much worse.