Former number one UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin chimed in with his thought’s on this past Saturday night’s UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez main event. Carwin gave his props to newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but also urged fans not to write off former champion Brock Lesnar.
“What Cain did is what great fighters do, they learn from what they can study,” Carwin wrote. “How would have my fight turned out if I had let Brock stand and knock him down again and again? It really doesn’t matter about what happened last night or in July the only thing that matters is what is to be.
“Those of you writing Brock off don’t. The man walked into the UFC at the top level (who does that?) and won and defended the UFC HWT Belt. He took a beating from me and came back and found a way to win, he nearly lost his life and he came back and found a way to win, he is 4-2 in MMA and some of the wins are UFC title DEFENSES … He is a real champion, a real warrior and as long as he keeps training and learning MMA he will continue to be a force. Every great champion will lose the great ones rise again and it would not surprise me to see Brock defending a title again one day. Win or lose he should be respected for being the warrior he is.”
Carwin went on to credit the heavyweight division, and mentioned himself, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Brock Lesnar as worthy title holders, perhaps a dig at his UFC 125 opponent, Roy Nelson.
“The UFC HWT division has an amazing crop of fighters right now with four worthy title holders (Cain, Brock, JDS and myself) and a lot of amazing talent knocking on door to get their name on the list for a title shot,” wrote Carwin. “This is going to be the era of the UFC HWTS and I am here to make a impact.”
Carwin will face Nelson in a heavyweight clash at UFC 125 in January. Nelson and Carwin are both coming off of losses, with “Big Country” having posted a unanimous decision defeat to dos Santos and Carwin having been submitted in the second round of a June title fight against Lesnar. The two heavyweight fighters managed to cultivate a rivalry after going back-and-forth with insults fired off through their Twitter accounts.
UFC 125 will take place on January 1, 2011 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.