Good news for Shane Carwin fans: The hulking heavyweight has reported to Inside MMA that the nerves in his legs are regenerating after an operation in November 2011 to correct herniated discs in the fighter’s lower back.
Fans have not seen Carwin in the cage since his one-sided decision loss to current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior dos Santos, a fight that had “The Engineer” looking like his face had been run through a meat grinder.
Due to the massive amount of damage inflicted by Dos Santos, many expected a long layoff for the decorated former Division II collegiate wrestler, who has been no stranger to injuries.
Carwin has undergone two surgeries to correct spinal injuries in two years as well as a March 2009 operation to repair a broken nose and deviated septum following his KO victory over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 96, which left him sidelined for just over a year.
Eager get back to the sport he loves and is passionate about, Carwin shared that he was “one-hundred percent [certain] that I’ll be cleared,” although he did not provide a timetable.
While the Colorado-native’s long term health and mobility may be up in the air, Carwin joked about his moniker, “The Engineer.”
“The more I get hit in the head, the more brain cells I lose, so I might be a janitor now.”