Shane Carwin showed the heart of a lion in withstanding Junior dos Santos’ three-round legal assault on his person last Saturday night, but he’ll have some scars to show for his efforts.
“Three deep cuts … Update for #CarwinArmy @ShaneCarwin has a broken nose and possibly a fractured check bone. CT scan was fine. Thanks for the positivity,” Carwin’s management team, Ingrained Media, posted following the main event bout.
Carwin took to his personal website to detail the effect that those injuries had on his performance in the cage.
“As the fight started I just did not feel like myself, I wasn’t able to get my feet moving and Junior capitalized quickly. As he was pummeling me I kept trying to find a way to defend myself so Herb would not stop the fight,” he wrote. “Junior was landing solid shots and that is where probably he broke my nose.
“After the second round I knew I was in trouble. My nose made it impossible to breathe, my eyes were full of blood and Junior was still coming at me. When the ref stopped the fight in the third, I thought it was over. When the doctor came in the octagon I knew it was going to be up to me to sell them on letting me continue. I knew I was in deep trouble but I also knew that all I needed was one clean shot. I wanted to keep myself in the fight. I wasn’t able to see but I said I could and we continued.”
While dos Santos prepares himself for the title shot he retained with the unanimous decision victory over Carwin, Carwin will nurse his wounds, regroup and plan out his next step. He is now on a two-fight losing skid and sports a 12-2 record overall.
UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin went down at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia last Saturday night.