Former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin had his chance to unify the heavyweight titles and earn the right to be called the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion when he took on Brock Lesnar last Saturday at UFC 116 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately for Carwin, he came up just short of defeating Lesnar and after brutalizing the former WWE wrestler for the entirety of the first round was defeated himself via submission in the second round as a result of the energy he spent trying to finish Lesnar. Carwin, known for being up front with and accessible to the fans, took to his personal blog following the difficult loss to explain what happened during the fight and how he feels now that dust has settled.
“I appreciate the outpouring of support and everyone who showed up at The Foundation Room last night after the fight. You guys know how to make a man feel like a winner even on his lowest of days. I really do want to thank #TeamCarwin. You guys pushed me up this mountain and many of you have
been with me for a long time. I will need your help to climb back to the top so I appreciate you standing by me.
The game plan last night was to be patient and let the fight come to you. When I had him in trouble the ref keep saying he was going to stop it and then towards the end of the 1st my body began to seize up. In between rounds I could not move my legs and had what felt like a whole body cramp. My cardio was fine but my body was not. What can you do? You have to stand up and face your opponent.
Heading into the second I knew I need to finish the fight or I was going to be in trouble. Much like the Champion he is I am sure Brock was thinking the same thing. I had zero take down defense as my legs were dead to me and the rest is as they say history.
Brock was a good guy through this entire fight. He did not talk a bunch of smack and he fought like a warrior. He did what he needed to do to keep his belt and that is what being a Champion is all about. I am going to have to claw my way back to the top but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I know I belong
with the very best; all I need to do is prove it again.
Loosing is what happens on the way to winning. I will be back and better from the lessons learned in this fight.
Thank you to my Coaches, Sponsors, Manager, Family, Friends and Fans.
Carwin, who was reportedly sent to the hospital after the fight due to exhaustion-and-devastation-induced hyperventilation, has proven that he has the skills to hang with the best heavyweights in the world, what he needs to do next is prove that he can develop the cardio and wherewithal to keep those skills a threat past round one. He did not seem to take too much punishment in this fight so a quick turnaround may be the best thing for Carwin, many MMA sites have suggested that Carwin take on Todd Duffee and although that fight promises fireworks, with Duffee having recently lost to Mike Russow (for the same reasons Carwin lost to Lesnar) Duffee may be too far down the heavyweight ladder at this point for Carwin. Also having been suggested and making more sense is for Carwin to take on the loser of the impending Roy Nelson-Junior Dos Santos bout. A fight against Ben Rothwell would also be a solid comeback bout for Carwin.