UFC 84, set to take place on May 24, packs a ton of big name MMA fighters. BJ Penn, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva, Kieth Jardine, Sean Sherk, Rameau Sokoudjou and Lyoto Matchida are just some of the big name fighters set to perform on the card. With all of that star power it might be easy to overlook the UFC debut of 6’4″ 265 pound behemoth, Shane Carwin. But his early credentials are cause for excitement. Carwin is undefeated at 8-0 and hasn’t had a fight last longer than the 2:11 it took for him to dispatch of Carlton Jones. To listen to his mentor Nate Marquardt tell it, Carwin has the skills to build his name to be every bit as big as anyone else fighting on his debut card.
“Wrestling is his strength, but his overall ground game is very good,” Marquardt told Kevin Iole of Yahoo!Sports. “He’s super, super dangerous on the ground compared to other fighters of his experience level. But I’m going to be honest with you, his ground and pound is second to none. I’ve never seen anyone with his stopping power on the ground, and that’s comparing him to the best out there. I’ve seen him hit guys so hard, he’ll knock them unconscious. And he has power from positions you just can’t imagine. He picked up jiu-jitsu super quick. He has a real good ability to learn, especially for a heavyweight. He’s able to learn from smaller guys and doesn’t just go in and try to muscle them all around. He’s able to slow down and watch and listen. He’s obviously a great athlete, but he’s also smart and he picks things up quickly.”
Carwin will obviously be compared to Brock Lesnar and Cain Velazquez, the other two elite heavyweight prospects the UFC is banking on. But of the trio, Carwin could become the best when all is said and done.
“I respect them and I want to see them do well, but I’m a competitor and I want to be the best and that’s what I go out there every time trying to prove,” Carwin said. “I know I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but my attitude is the same for every fight. I have to believe in myself and my ability and I go out there and let it go and try to put on a show.”