Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin has not appeared in action since he challenged for the heavyweight title at UFC 116 back in early July. Carwin took on then-champion Brock Lesnar and dominated the champ throughout the first round before gassing out and succumbing to an arm triangle choke in the second. Currently recovering from back surgery, Carwin has had plenty of time to reflect on the loss and he told Heavy.com recently that he believes the defeat was a good thing.
“I accepted what happened, and obviously God chose a path for me,” Carwin said. “The loss, I think, was a good thing for me. It exposed me to things I need to work on; that being probably my diet a little bit more and watching my weight before I come into the fights. Actually, I hope to come in a little bit lighter than the max weight now. You know, it’s lessons learned for me. I try to take away from every fight and I try not to let them attach so much. (I try to) look ahead to the future and be excited for that.”
Carwin was set to take on Roy Nelson at UFC 125 this New Year’s Day, but was forced out of the bout with the back injury. The Greg Jackson-trained fighter is preparing to make his comeback and believes that the lessons he learned from the bout with Lesnar will carry him back into title contention.
“I think it’s probably a couple of fights (before I get another title shot),” Carwin said. “I don’t think anybody deserves an instant rematch or anything. Once you lose, there are other people that are waiting in line, and you have to go back and prove yourself to be the number one contender. That’s what I have to do right now.”
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