Posts Tagged ‘Shane Carwin’

Denis Poroy

In like a lion, out like a lamb: Former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin bids farewell to mixed martial arts (MMA) after an impressive, but injury-riddled, run with the world’s leading promotion.

It’s been more than three years since former interim Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin has tasted victory inside the Octagon and almost two since he was beaten from pillar to post by Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 back in 2011, which marked his most recent mixed martial arts (MMA) performance.

And, apparently, his last.

Carwin, 37, recently took to Twitter.com to announce his official retirement from the sport, thanking his family, friends and, of course, fans, but failing to provide an explanation for his decision.

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“At 35 who knows how much longer my body will allow me to compete at the highest level. I love to compete and I want to be the best at what I do. We have a lot to work on but standing at the base of the mountain you already climbed is a lot less daunting then climbing it for the first time. I have no idea what the UFC has planned for me yet. I am going to get back to work and try to solve some of my shortcomings, My goal is to face Brock again as soon as possible. I would like another chance and I am willing to work my butt off to get one. Part of the quest will be to win the UFC belt from whoever has it. I want to face the best fighter in MMA and make sure I leave a legacy behind.”

Former UFC Heavyweight Interim Champion Shane Carwin (via The Underground) recognizes the small window he has to get himself back into the division title picture after falling short against Brock Lesnar earlier this month at UFC 116 in Las Vegas. At 35, “The Engineer” may have only one more chance to make it happen, but if he keeps winning, he may or may not get the chance to face the former WWE star depending on the outcome of the champ’s upcoming fight with Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in Anaheim. Carwin may indeed eventually score gold, but will his legacy be complete without a win over Lesnar?

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Props: KFAN in Minneapolis (via Sports Radio Interviews)

Quoteworthy:

“I took a good ass-whupping in the first round and made a Rocky comeback in the second … Before the fight [Josh Rosenthal] comes into the locker room and he says listen fellas if things get ugly out there I’m gonna give you three warnings before I stop the fight. I’m gonna be very verbal in this so you gotta show some movement and show you’re still in the fight. I knew in my mind there was a time I thought you know what? It’s raining punches here and I don’t know where to go. If I move I’m gonna create an opening but I have to move to stay in the fight. You gotta do what you gotta do you know?”

UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar recalls the danger he was in prior to his stunning second round submission win over Shane Carwin in the UFC 116 main event. Lesnar somehow survived 60 punches to the head in the opening stanza, getting dropped and then completely overwhelmed with 5XL fists of fury for about four straight minutes. There were numerous times that Rosenthal could have stepped in, but didn’t, giving Lesnar the benefit of the doubt and giving way to perhaps the most improbable come-from-behind finish in the history of the promotion. Anyone out there thinking that Lesnar, who is a pay-per-view cash cow, got special treatment? Or was it just a (rare) case of superb officiating?

CompuStrike Results for Lesnar vs Carwin held in LAS VEGAS, NV on 07/03/2010

Heavyweights – UFC

Winner: Lesnar

By Submission in Round 2

Fight Time: Standing Time (3:01) Ground Time (4:18)

Final Stats

Brock Lesnar
Shane Carwin
25/35
Total Strikes Landed/Thrown
58/104
71%
Percentage
56%
4/9
Total Arm Strikes Landed/Thrown
9/22
44%
Percentage
41%
3
Power Strikes Landed
8
1
Clinch Strikes Landed
1
3/3
Total Leg Strikes Landed/Thrown
2/5
100%
Percentage
40%
0
Kicks Landed
0
3
Knees Landed
2
18/23
Ground Strikes Landed/Thrown
47/77
78%
Percentage
61%
1/4
Takedowns/Attempts
0/0
1
Submission Attempts
0
0
Knockdowns
0

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Props: Shane-Carwin.com

Quoteworthy:

“The game plan last night was to be patient and let the fight come to you. When I had him in trouble the ref kept saying he was going to stop it and then towards the end of the 1st my body began to seize up. In between rounds I could not move my legs and had what felt like a whole body cramp. My cardio was fine but my body was not. What can you do? You have to stand up and face your opponent. Heading into the second I knew I needed to finish the fight or I was going to be in trouble. Much like the Champion he is I am sure Brock was thinking the same thing. I had zero takedown defense as my legs were dead to me and the rest is as they say history. Brock was a good guy through this entire fight. He did not talk a bunch of smack and he fought like a warrior. He did what he needed to do to keep his belt and that is what being a Champion is all about. I am going to have to claw my way back to the top but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I know I belong with the very best; all I need to do is prove it again.”

Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin reflects on his second round submission loss to Brock Lesnar in the UFC 116 main event last Saturday night (July 3) in Las Vegas. It was “The Engineer’s” first venture into the second stanza which also ended up being his first defeat. Now that he’s has a taste of more than one round and the experience of falling short of the ultimate prize, Carwin heads back to the drawing board to work his way back into title contention. Anyone think he’ll be back and better than ever? Or is this dog too old to learn new tricks? Let’s hear some fantasy matchmaking for his inevitable return. Loser of “Lesnar vs. Velasquez?” Or how about the loser of “Nelson vs. Dos Santos?”

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“He hit me pretty good, and I don’t know, I ended up there on the ground. I just had to go into survival mode and stay busy. I really have to thank the referee for allowing that thing to go on. I wasn’t hurt. I thought if I just kept moving — I could feel Shane’s punches getting less and less — and I thought, well, if I can get out of here then I’m just going to exert a lot energy. I realized there was [not a lot of time left], so I just tried to stay busy. He’s a beast. He definitely won the first round [laughs].”

— Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is quick to thank the “Man in Charge of the Octagon,” Josh Rosenthal, shortly after his stunning second round submission win over Shane Carwin in the UFC 116 main event. Lesnar somehow survived a gorilla attack in the opening stanza, getting dropped and then completely overwhelmed with 5XL fists of fury for about four straight minutes. There were numerous times that Rosenthal could have stepped in, but didn’t, giving Lesnar the benefit of the doubt and giving way to perhaps the most improbable come-from-behind finish in the history of the promotion. It wasn’t the fact that Lesnar was able to rebound — although that in and of itself was impressive — but rather the way in which he did it. With his sheer size and strength, now coupled with a decent jiu-jitsu arsenal to go along with his already stellar ground game, is there anyone who can stop the Lesnar ‘frate’ train? Whoever it is might want to think about bringing a sledgehammer into the cage — Carwin hit him with everything but the kitchen sink and he still hung in there. Would you have stopped it?

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…and he makes a pretty strong case for his UFC 116: “Lesnar vs. Carwin” preparations.

“A lot of people are still questioning my reasoning behind limiting my media access. If you read this article it would sound as if I am somehow failing at my duties as a fighter. Or according to the Zuffa “Talking Heads” I am not doing my part to sell this fight. Lets talk about me selling this fight. I earned this fight. I was “given’ my previous opportunity against Brock but this one I earned. I was asked to train for Cain and I began my camp. I was then told Cain is not the opponent I am being bumped up to Lesnar. Then I begin training for Lesnar to only have him pull out of the fight TWICE. His “miracle recovery” underway I was told I am going to have to face Frank Mir to earn the opportunity to face Brock (something I had already been given and taken away now twice). So for those of you confused by the fact that I somehow am fighting Brock because I talked crap or played some hype man you are wrong. I earned this fight and this opportunity. I have never turned down a fight, I have never told Zuffa no, I have and always do a good job and for them. Those that know me know that is who and what I am all about.”

UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin sounds off via his official blog — a site he names as the best place to interact with his fans — regarding the beating he’s taken by some members of the mixed martial arts media for his perceived media blackout heading into the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view of the year on July 3. In addition to his media access, “The Engineer” also defends his salary and decision not to participate in smack talk. Give it a look and let’s hear what you think. Is he not doing enough to sell the fight? Or is he one of the few fighters still keeping it real? What’s your take?

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Brock Lesnar’s agent, David Olsen, along with UFC attorney Michael Mersch recently made a stink with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), requesting that referee Steve Mazzagatti be removed from consideration as the man in charge of the action during the heavyweight title fight at UFC 116: “Lesnar vs. Carwin” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 3, as reported by Sherdog.com.

Mazzagatti officiated Lesnar’s Octagon debut against Frank Mir at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” in February 2008, and this marks the third time Camp Lesnar has objected to Mazaggatti’s participation (UFC 91, UFC 100).

In the opening seconds of his UFC debut, Lesnar stormed the former champion and began to maul him with a flurry of strikes. It appeared that Lesnar was on his way to an impressive technical knockout victory; however, the former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star landed several questionable — and according to Mazzagatti — illegal blows to the back of the head.

As a result, the action was stopped and Lesnar was docked one point. And when the action restarted, Mir survived another blitzkrieg and locked in a fight-ending submission (kneebar) just 91 seconds into the match.

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Of course, several fans blamed Mazzagatti and his ruling for the result rather than Lesnar and his inability to defend submissions and/or land legal blows. Regardless, when all was said and done, it was perhaps the most hectic and crazy minute and a half of action inside the Octagon in all of 2008.

And based on this recent request, still a sore spot for Team Lesnar.

In addition to Mazzagatti, Herb Dean, Josh Rosenthal and Mario Yamasaki were all under consideration to officiate the Lesnar-Carwin match.

NSAC Chairwoman Pat Lundvall found no evidence of referee bias — the crux of Olsen’s objection — and refused to remove Mazzagatti from consideration. In the end it didn’t matter, as Josh Rosenthal was appointed as the man in charge, which hopefully means that Lesnar can now focus 100-percent on Carwin come fight night.

Anyone out there in MMA land think it may be time to rid Mazzagatti of his Scarlet Letter? Or do you support the movement to keep him out of this — and future main events?