UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin has already went through neck surgery. Now, the former wrestling standout will be forced to work his way back from a severe back injury.
Carwin, via his personal website, revealed over the weekend that he will have back surgery and hopes to be back inside the Octagon in 2012.
“I have spent my entire fighting career dealing with injuries from my football career. I have done my best to get through my training and I have been blessed to get through my fights with relatively little to no damage,” Carwin wrote. “As I ramped up my training…my body locked up. I scheduled an MRI and the results showed that my disc in my lower back is into my nerves. My doctor gave me two options; retire, and I could probably go on for a few years without surgery, or I could undergo surgery and continue my career.”
Carwin, who lost his last fight to Junior dos Santos earlier this year, still has dreams of being the UFC champion again. He held the interim title after defeating Frank Mir in 2010.
“The decision (to have surgery) was easy. I have unfinished business,” Carwin wrote. “The UFC had me lined up to face one of the best in the world and I am confident I have everything I need to be a champion. I look forward to a fast and speedy recovery.”
Carwin mentioned that the injury became more intense in his back while training for a fight at UFC 141. There has been no mention of Carwin competing on that card, which already features a No. 1 heavyweight contender match between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.