Shane Carwin to Undergo Back Surgery, Hopeful for 2012 Return to the UFC

The last couple of years have been rough on former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin.

The massive fighter from Colorado dealt with serious neck surgery following a fight with Brock Lesnar in 2010, and now it appears he will have to go back under the knife to repair damage in his back.

Carwin updated his status on his personal website over the weekend.

“I have spent my entire fighting career dealing with injuries from my football career. I have done my best to get through my training and I have been blessed to get through my fights with relatively little to no damage,” Carwin wrote.

“As I ramped up my training for UFC 141, my body locked up during training. It wasn’t like the Lesnar fight, but my back just tightened up and I froze. I scheduled an MRI and the results showed that my disc in my lower back is into the nerves . My doctor gave me two options: retire and I could probably go on for a few years without surgery or I could undergo surgery and continue my career.”

The competitor inside Carwin wouldn’t allow him to choose option one, so he will undergo back surgery to repair the damage to his back, and he’s hopeful for a return to the Octagon in 2012.

“I am scheduling surgery and I hope to return to the Octagon by spring or summer 2012,” said Carwin.

Carwin last fought at UFC 131 where he lost a unanimous decision to current heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos.

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