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Shane Carwin Planning June UFC Return

UFC heavyweight fighter Shane Carwin will return to action this June, almost a year after he last competed. The Greg Jackson team member lost in a title fight to Brock Lesnar last July at UFC 116 and was forced out of a planned January bout with Roy Nelson after suffering a back injury in training which required surgery. Rehab for the injury has been successful, and Carwin said through his personal blog today that he is planning on fighting in June at UFC 131 against an as-yet-unnamed opponent.

“So last week we got the call from Joe Silva asking if we would consider fighting Nelson at UFC 130. We accepted the match up and UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva said that it was 90% a go. The next day we were informed that they went a different direction for Nelson and that they want me to fight someone at UFC 131 in Vancouver. I have once again rapidly accepted the date,” Carwin revealed.

Carwin, who asserted in his blog that he wants “to fight as much as possible this year,” pledged to revamp his training in order to avoid repeating his performance in the Lesnar fight, where he dominated early and then succumbed to lactic acidosis, opening the door for Lesnar to snag an arm triangle submission.

“I am training hard and working on fixing the issues I ran into during the Lesnar fight,” Carwin said. “I will be ready and I hope that I am indeed fighting in June in B.C..”

UFC 131 is expected to take place on June 11th at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Carwin is currently preparing himself for that date, despite the fact that he does not yet know his opponent.

“For now I am just a fighter training and waiting,” he said. “I will keep you all posted as soon as I hear something that I can announce.”