Don’t get it twisted folks, Shane Carwin isn’t going anywhere.
The 36-year-old bruiser recently went under the knife to correct a long-standing back problem and will be out of action until the middle of next year. Having undergone intensive neck surgery already and considering his age, some began speculating that The Engineer would soon be hanging up his four ounce gloves. To refute that, the Coloradoan took to The Underground, explaining that he underwent the surgery in the first place to be able to continue fighting and has plans to return to the cage better than ever to finally achieve his dreams of winning a UFC title.
“I got a surprise call today saying that a rumor is floating around about me retiring. I guess some people must be wishful thinking. For me the choice to have a surgery was easy. My Doc did not tell me surgery was the ‘only’ option for a normal life. He said to KEEP FIGHTING surgery is the only thing that will stop my body from locking up,” wrote Carwin. “I could probably even continue fighting and risk it happening in a fight or while training. What my team and I decided was that I have no interest in just ‘Fighting and crossing’ I want to be a champion. The UFC Heavyweight Champion to be specific. So I am going to have this surgery and be back better then ever. I have a lot to accomplish and I intend on punishing everyone they put in front of me. To beat the best you have to be able to train like the best. So surgery will allow me do that.
“I may be an older fighter but I have less cage time then most if not all of the Athletes in the UFC. I have accomplished a lot in a very short amount of time. I have a lot more to accomplish. I will be back to the guy that is big and hits you so hard Joe Rogan gets a headache. I am going to knock people out and finish fights. The UFC is going to have to get special financing just to cover the KO and FoN bonuses they are going to have to dish out to me.”
Carwin is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, having picked up the first losses of his career in consecutive fashion against Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He last appeared in action last June opposite dos Santos, losing a lopsided unanimous decision and taking a terrific beating for his efforts.