MMAFighting.com spoke with former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin’s manager, Jason Genet, today and learned that the former title challenger will be undergoing surgery to repair undisclosed back and neck injuries that have forced him to pull out of his UFC 125 bout with Roy Nelson.
Genet told MMAFighting that Carwin’s injuries have nagged him for some time but that the fighter has pushed through with the aid of painkillers and physical therapy. The injuries have gotten bad enough to cause numbness in Carwin’s arm, prompting the fighter to seek a long term medical solution. After realizing that his options were limited to prolonged physical rehabilitation with no training and no guarantee of success or corrective surgery, the fighter and his team decided to deal with the injuries once and for all.
“We’re trying to avoid spending 12 weeks with rehabilitation, traction, pain pills and epidurals, only to end up getting surgery anyway,” Genet said.
Carwin, who has not fought since losing to Brock Lesnar in a title fight last July, has battled back/neck injuries for a good portion of his athletic career and so it is that Genet believes he will bounce back from his November 2nd-scheduled surgery without issue.
“When Shane was an NFL prospect, he had a back injury where people said not only would he not be able to play in the NFL, he wouldn’t be able to play pro sports,” said Genet. “He’s already made it to fight for the heavyweight title. He limped to the mountaintop without all the tools. What happens when he ascends to the mountaintop with everything he’s got?”
Carwin sports a professional MMA record of 12-1, with all of his fights prior to the Lesnar bout ending via knockout. It is unknown when the former number one contender will be able to return to action.