UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin’s career resembles an early Mike Tyson’s. Carwin is undefeated in eleven pro fights; even more impressive is the fact that not one has made it past the first round. Carwin blazed his way into the UFC by earning submission, knockout, or technical knockout wins over eight opponents. His rise hardly slowed in the big show as he needed less than four minutes combined to starch Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, and the highly regarded Gabriel Gonzaga.
With the manner of his performances, Carwin quickly earned himself a title shot against Brock Lesnar. That fight would have to wait though; Lesnar was stricken with a rare intestinal condition known as diverticulitis. With the champ’s status unknown until recently, the UFC scheduled an interim heavyweight title fight between Carwin and Mir to decide who will take on Lesnar next.
Carwin is an accomplished wrestler on the NCAA Division II circuit as well as an accomplished football player for Western State College. He holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu and is known for his size and heavy hands. He has proven that he will be a tough test for Mir; and Lesnar if he gets his way. The always respectable Carwin did not break character in these comments he made for the UFC 111 press release.
“It’s an honor to not only fight for the interim UFC heavyweight title, but to do so against a respected former champion like Frank Mir,” said Carwin. “This is going to be a fight to remember for the fans, and I plan on making it one of my most memorable performances as well. Beating Frank is going to be a test, but I’m confident that it’s a test I will pass with flying colors.”
Mir and Carwin’s sure-to-be-exciting matchup will serve as the co-main event to Georges St. Pierre’s title defends against Dan Hardy at “UFC 111: St. Pierre Vs. Hardy”. UFC 111 will take place on March 27th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.