Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin is only a little more than a week away from the biggest fight of his life; he will be taking on UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in order to unify the titles and establish a true ruler of the heavyweight division. Carwin recently participated in a media conference call where he offered his thought on Lesnar as an opponent, his fighting philosophy and how he thinks the fight will play out.
Carwin has finished all of his twelve professional MMA fights in the first round and seven of those by knockout (one by submission to punches as well). Carwin points to his knockout ability as a potentially fight-determining factor.
“If I touch anybody with my hands I can knock him out,” Carwin said. “These are four-once gloves. Your margin for error is pretty small, especially being heavyweights.”
The mammoth-sized heavyweight attributes his success in the Octagon to his determination and to his passion for the sport.
“I’ve got a never-quit attitude,” Carwin said. “This is what I love to do. I’m passionate about it. When I get in there, I want to fight. That’s how I look at it.”
Carwin is also motivated by the fact that he is participating in an exciting matchup in an exciting division and believes that fights like this one are the kind that fans will remember.
“It’s such a great fight when two big heavyweights are athletic and believe in themselves, when they both know they’re going to win,” he said. “These are the great fights you remember.”
Carwin’s opponent, Brock Lesnar, is one of the more controversial figures in MMA today. Having transitioned from a career as a professional wrestler to mixed martial arts, Lesnar is reviled by many fans and does nothing to to help that with some of his post-fight antics. Despite that, Carwin has respect for Lesnar as an opponent and is looking forward to the level of competition that the former NCAA Division-1 wrestler is bringing to the table.
“Brock’s a big, talented, athletic heavyweight,” Carwin said. “Those are rare to find. Those are the ones that push you to your limit.”
Noted for his knockout prowess, Carwin told media during the conference call that he is prepared to take the fight anywhere and is confident in his abilities no matter where he fight ends up.
“I can see this fight taking place everywhere,” Carwin said. “I’m prepared in all areas. I have a lot of areas where I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface. I can become that much better of a fighter.”
As for the weight of this fight (which is sure to be one, if not the, biggest UFC fights this year), Carwin tries his best to look at it as though it were any other fight.
“Every fight’s your biggest fight,” he said. “This is definitely the biggest fight of my career, but I don’t try to approach it any different. I think it’s a great time. It’s a challenge I look forward to.”
Carwin and Lesnar will square off in the main event of UFC 116 on July 3rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-main event was originally set up to be a middleweight tilt between Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama but due to a rib injury Silva has been forced off of the card and has been replaced by Chris Leben.