Shane Carwin, a former interim UFC heavyweight champion, has announced his retirement. The 38-year-old finishes his MMA career with a record of 12-2.
“Officially retired 2day,” Carwin posted on Twitter. “Thank you to my family, friends and fans! GOD BLESS!!!”
Carwin last fought in 2011, falling to Junior dos Santos via decision. Prior to that, he suffered his first pro defeat vs. Brock Lesnar in a unification match for the belt.
The former NCAA Div. II All-American wrestler was inducted into the wrestling hall of fame in 2011. He was scheduled to face Roy Nelson after a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but suffered a knee injury.
Back in 2011, Carwin underwent back surgery. He also had neck surgery in late 2010.