Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin took to his personal blog today to inform the MMA community that he has been forced out of a scheduled bout with Roy “Big Country” Nelson due to a lingering back injury.
“I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson,” Carwin wrote this morning. “As many of you know I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action.”
Carwin, who has not competed since losing to Brock Lesnar in a title fight or being implicated in a steroids conspiracy case, expressed his obvious disappointment in not being able to fight Nelson. The Greg Jackson-trained fighter said that he is taking the time to address the injury so that he may return in his best form.
“I was really looking forward to fighting again and obviously this is a very disappointing turn of events,” he wrote. “My manager said ‘You can’t fight the best fighters in the world with just heart, it is time to stop limping to the top of the mountain and get healthy so you can climb it on your terms.’ I have been up all night thinking about this decision and what I may be missing by making it.”
The behemoth heavyweight scrapper seems to be keeping in good spirits however, as he included this quip in his blog referring to his fight with Lesnar; which saw him dominate for a round before gassing out and getting submitted.
“The good news is the doctors said I can work on my cardio (they must have seen my last fight lol) with this injury.”
Carwin and “Big Country” were scheduled to face off at UFC 125, which is going down this January 1st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.