Freelance: Carwin Eying UFC Return
With aging fighters like Dan “Hendo” Henderson (45) and Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt (42) still appearing on UFC television, and in main event-level spots no less, previously retired Shane Carwin still feels like he may have some gas left in the tank at the age of 41.
Carwin posted the following message on Twitter : “When your manager emails Joe Silva.” He also wrote to MixedMartialArts.com, “I had management let the UFC know I am considering a return and looking into what goes into that,” “Who would you like to see me face?”
Carwin entered into the UFC at 9-0 with five of his victories were in under a minute. Before his 2010 loss to Brock Lesnar, all of his wins had come in the first round. Carwin also accomplished his most noteworthy accolade before the Lesnar fight, capturing a UFC Interim Heavyweight by knocking out Frank Mir.
He would run out of steam in the middle frame against Lesnar before being tapping out due to an arm-triangle choke. Sherdog.com notes that following a loss to Brazil’s Junior Santos, the NCAA wrestling standout would call it a career after appearing as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Carwin was unable to face Nelson in the season’s finale due to a knee injury that came not too long after back surgery.
The Coloradoan’s original UFC run ended on a sour note of sorts. The Mobile Press-Register reported in 2010 that he was named by U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins as one of 22 athletes to have obtained steroids from Applied Pharmacy Services of Alabama.
There has been no official word from the UFC regarding the return of Carwin at the time of this writing. The promotion has since hired the third-party U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to overhaul its drug testing program since Carwin’s time there.
To be considered active again, it’s mandatory that a competitor must give four months’ written notice before entering into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy testing pool. Lesnar last competed actively in the UFC in December of 2011 before being granted an exemption to this rule to face Hunt at UFC earlier this month.
Given that Carwin last competed in June of the same year (also before the new policy went into effect) it could be possible that he gets an exemption as well.