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Shane Carwin Cleared for UFC Return; Ready to be a Shark Instead of Swimming with Them

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Junior dos Santos vs Shane CarwinFormer UFC heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin is back, ready to be a shark instead of just swimming with them.

“I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in early fall 2012,” Carwin wrote in a recent post on his website.

It’s been a year since Carwin set foot in the Octagon. He’s been on the sidelines recovering from surgery to deal with the lingering effects of injuries he sustained as a collegiate football player.

“I have spent my entire career dealing with injuries sustained through football,” said Carwin. “(But now) I am 100 percent and I feel like a younger version of my former self.”

His former self rocketed to a 12-0 record before ever tasting defeat. During that 12-0 run, Carwin never went outside of the first round, finishing fighters like Gabe Gonzaga and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir along the way.

Not only is Carwin back and ready to return to the Octagon, rejuvenated, he wants to fight more frequently as well. Having fought just six times in his four-year UFC tenure, Carwin “would like to be able to fight every three or four months.”

Despite the down time, Carwin has been anything but down.

“My entire career is shorter then some Pride Fights,” he quipped. “I have somehow managed to contend for the UFC heavyweight title with less than an hour of actual fighting. On one hand that is amazing, on the other, it’s kind of scary to think I am facing seasoned veterans with limited experience. Talk about swimming with the sharks.”

So Carwin has been hard at work during his year “off,” shoring up his skill set. As he noted, when a fighter gets into the mix of training for the next big fight, he gets so focused on the opponent at hand there isn’t much time to work on rounding out his skills.

Having had the time to do that. Carwin is ready to come back and put on display what he’s learned, offering a warning for the UFC heavyweight division.

“The UFC should look into adding some padding in the gloves because I plan on crushing my opponents.”


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  • Derius_C

    Carwin Vs BigFoot UFC 151 !!!

    • jmat13

      Even though it would be a great fight Silva might not be healthy enough in time. He has a while before the doctors will clear him. Cain messed his face up really bad. They’ll pick someone that can fight in about 3 months maybe a little sooner.

    • edurusso

      Would be a great fight

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Can’t wait for his return!

    Always enjoy watching Shane fight. He’s a gamer and leaves it all in the cage every time he fights. He’s a great fighter and also a great ambassador for the sport. The way he conducts himself outside the cage is just as impressive as the way he performs in it. Hard to root against a guy like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527439054 douglasray

    THIS IS GOOD, I THINK THEY SHOULD GIVE HIM BIG FOOT OR SOMEONE NOT ALL THAT GOOD BUT STILL A NAME, FOR A TUNEUP FIGHT, I HATE TO SEE HIM COME IN GET HAMMERED ON AFTER SUCH A LONG LAYOFF AND COMING OFF THE LOSS TO JDS. I JUST HOPE HE IS 100% AND NOT LIKE BIG NOG OR TITO WHERE 100% TILL AFTER THE LOSS THEN THEY ARE SICK OR SOMETHING

  • Prodigy815

    Say no to steroids

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001066818422 juliushodges

    I cant wait for his return either…I really like Carwin’s attitude he took a beating from JDS and couldnt quit at anytime but he didnt. I wouldnt mind seeing him and Brock Lesnar fight again if Brock comes back.. Shane is talking early fall gives Brock time to train….I think it would make for interesting rematch….I wonder if Carwin would go to Strikeforce and fight Daniel Cormier????

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommyblingshyne thomasabrams

    let Carwin be Cormiers plus 1 fight in Strikeforce…once Cormier wrecks him, bring em both into the UFC…let Cormier get his title shot and let Carwin fight some lower ranked guys to get back on track

    • RubeKegal

      Once Cormier wrecks Carwin? I would put money down saying that doesn’t happen. Not too long ago Carwin was an undefeated prospect beating guys with more credibility than Cormier’s opponent list. You think Cormier is going to do well in UFC at heavyweight? He’s like any other undefeated wrestling prospect. Munoz came in and got CRUSHED by Hamill who isn’t as highly a decorated wrestler as Munoz. Mike Massenzio was a highly touted wrestler, look at his tragic career. Cormier is going to get killed at HW if he tries to stay there, period.

  • dgs

    “Always enjoy watching Shane fight. He’s a gamer and leaves it all in the cage every time he fights. He’s a great fighter and also a great ambassador for the sport. The way he conducts himself outside the cage is just as impressive as the way he performs in it. Hard to root against a guy like that.”

    I have nothing else to add to that, other than I agree completely.

  • jasondecipher

    For the limited experience Carwin had he showed very promising results. Him & Roy were thre only guys to go the distance w Cigano. Lots of interesting match up for Carwin. Lavar Johnson, Travis Browne, Mark Hunt. I like big country but if anyone can knock him out in one punch its Shane Carwin!! Can’t wait to see the improvement hope he worked on his ground & diversified his striking

  • phrankthetank

    Glad to see carwin making his return, they should give him a middle of the pack guy, maybe Nelson, maybe Struve. Carwin vs Nelson would be a war.

  • dathump

    Been a Carwin Fan from his first fight in the UFC, glad he is healthy and ready to go. I hope he comes back with the killer instinct that brought him to 12/0. Although I loved the heart against JDS it just seemed like he was a little timid to pull the trigger. I know he couldnt out box JDS but i think he could have out mauled him. He just seemed to be more worried about proving he can go 5 rounds instead of going for the finish.