Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin Announces Retirement

May 8, 2013
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Junior dos Santos vs Shane CarwinFormer UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin on Tuesday announced that he has hung up his gloves for the final time, announcing his retirement via his official Twitter account.

“Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!!” he wrote.

Carwin made his way to the UFC in May of 2008 on the strength of eight first-round finishes in his first eight fights as a professional.

He never looked back, winning his first four fights in the Octagon, keeping his streak of first-round finishes intact. Carwin defeated Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, and Gabriel Gonzaga before demolishing Frank Mir for the interim UFC heavyweight championship in March of 2010 at UFC 111.

LesnarCarwin1019bUFC116Carwin lost his interim belt to returning heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in July at UFC 116.

He was then slated to fight Roy Nelson, but had to pull out of the bout due to back and neck pain that he eventually had neck surgery to alleviate. The injury and surgery sidelined him for the remainder of 2010 and the early part of 2011.

Carwin returned on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131 for the longest fight of his career. He took Junior dos Santos the full three rounds before losing a unanimous decision. It was the only time in Carwin’s career that one of his bouts went the distance.

It would also end up being the final bout of his career.

Carwin initially intended to return to the Octagon in late 2011 or early 2012, but succumbed to another surgery, this time on his back.

Midway through 2012, Carwin was tapped to coach The Ultimate Fighter 16 opposite Roy Nelson. He fulfilled his coaching obligations, but had to back out of their planned fight at the TUF 16 Finale scheduled for December.

This time it was Carwin’s knee that put him out of action.

During his career, Carwin amassed a 12-0 record – winning every fight in the first round – en route to becoming a UFC champion, before slipping to a final 12-2 resume.

All the while, he remained the same blue-collar, hard-working engineer that he was when he began his journey. Carwin always held his family up as his greatest achievement before anything he ever accomplished in the cage.

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  • p3ezy

    this sucks! would love to have seen him test roy relson’s jaw.

    • MMAFAN

      lol it’s already been tested, it’s there, and it’s probably the toughest thing in this planet.

      • p3ezy

        still, would’ve been awesome to see these two slug it out. still think carwin could’ve tko’d him

  • Que pena! Era meu lutador preferido. 🙁

  • Sad….But this is the reality of MMA. The Wear & Tear will absolutely destroy you.

    • dgs

      For every GSP, Anderson Silva, and Jon Jones, there are 1000’s of
      fighters you’ll never hear of who get beat to chit for peanuts (and many you’ve heard of who get beat to chit and still make peanuts). All
      they’ll have to show for it someday is a broken body with injuries that
      will plague them the rest of their life.

      Even though there was a window
      of time when I was young enough and in good enough shape to compete, I
      did not think the downside was worth the potential upside. Lots of other ways to make decent money in this world without destroying your body and dealing with doctor/hospital bills the rest of your life.

      • Yannick Messaoud

        great points, this is what sadly they must have a backup plan, pro wrestling or MMA fighting are a gamble and has you say many will never even get to the big times, if they put there eggs in on basket its over done.

        • I believe in an interview with Carwin I read that he continued his job b/c he knew the stakes of being a pro mma fighter and wanted to show his children that there was more to life then fighting and to have a backup plan. I became an even bigger fan of his from that interview. I do believe he made a very good amount of money fighting for the UFC and had an experience that will last him a lifetime travelling the world doing interviews and press conferences.

      • Nothing worst then wasted talent and guys with no heart. Shane is an engineer and continued to work in that field during his MMA career. He did it for the love of the sport not to make money. He was a real fighter and very down to earth guy. It’s not like he was a prostitute or drug dealer.

      • DamImgood!

        That’s in ALL full contact sports.

  • Always enjoyed watching Carwin fight but its probably a good think that he retired. With all the injuries he sustained seems like he made the right choice.

    • shakejunt

      imagine he had started fighting earlier? guy would have been undisputed hw champion i think

  • Too bad.

  • Jason Decipher

    Wow what a disappointment I can now only imagine the fights that could have been against Werdum, Nelson, Velasquez, Bigfoot, Hunt, Big Nog. He has nothing to be ashamed about he had a great career & atleast he will always be remembered in a positive way as probably the HW with the hardest one hitter quiter & not a washed up past his prime fighter who didn’t know when to quit. I wonder what he will do for income if he’s “retired ‘

    • Dragon Kid

      i believe he is still an engineer.

      • urdooomb

        retired as an mma fighter. u r domb.

        • shakejunt

          and you’re a clownshoe

  • Milos Rackovic

    He shouldve just went on roids like everyone else heal up and knock out a guy or two before retiring

    • Sir_Roy

      Yeah, the thing for a guy who’s trying desperately to heal his battered and broken body is to chemically mess it up even more from the inside out. Good plan.

      • urdooomb

        Milos was saying Carwin should go on painkillers.

        • Sir_Roy

          He clearly states “roids”. And even so, painkillers is an even worse idea. Go out, cripple your body and while doing so, rob it of its natural, inborn ability (i.e. “pain”) to tell you that you’re in the midst of destroying yourself.

          • urdooomb

            yeah, roids, painkillers, cocaine, whatever, it will destroy your body in the long run.

            Milos was clearly being half facetious. Just take a dosage, suck it up, and gives up the fights we want to see. <–I think this was along the line.

    • shakejunt

      i’m sorry everyone else is unable to identify your comment as facetious

  • Sir_Roy

    Engineers bank decent coin. His steady income, plus his winnings (and let’s face it, the UFC helped with medical bills without doubt) means he’s probably far more comfortable than the average bloke. Interim champ plus a few very high profile fights means he had a few 6 digit purses as well.

    He’s hurting far less than the average American financially … but probably far more than the average American physically.

    Retirement is the wiser choice.

  • Yannick Messaoud

    I have back pain and understand is decision its the worst thing ever and its never back pain alone its neck pain and all. I have enjoyed is fights and all is amazing knockouts, best of luck to him.

  • FightProfessor

    Lot of people fooled by this guy,he was just a steroid using meathead.

    • ned sto

      I’ve not heard anything about Mr. Carwin and steroids. If you want to make that allegation I’ll let you.

      Under no stretch of the imagination is Shane a meathead. He is by no means a self proclaimed professor without adequate credentials. He’s a college educated engineer with a successful career in his field of study. And he has made the wise choice to retire, instead of destroying what was left of his physical health.

      • FightProfessor

        He was on a list of people that received steroids from Evander Holyfield’s steroid operation.It was pre-UFC but who knows if he was on it during his UFC tenure.To me once a cheater always a cheater.

  • KingLettuce

    Loved Carwin.


    Shane was a good loser as Shane lost most big fights.