Freelance: Former UFC Heavyweight Champ a Free Agent
The UFC isn’t interested in having former interim Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin return to its Octagon. The 41-year-old Carwin wrote on a post for MixedMartialArts.com that he is now pursuing other organizations.
“We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.
I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division…”
Carwin KO’ed Frank Mir at UFC 111 in March 2010 to capture his lone title as a part of “the Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts” only to lose the belt one bout later to Brock Lesnar via arm-triangle choke in July at UFC 116. He went 4-2 in the UFC with total career fight time of just 7:12 that were fights in which he won.
Following the title fight with Lesnar, Carwin lost his second straight (his first ever fight that last all 15 minutes) to Junior dos Santos on July 2011’s UFC 131 card in what would be his final UFC appearance. The Heavyweight phenom was supposed to face Roy “Big Country” Nelson after coaching the 16th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” the next year.
Dana White informed the world on Twitter that the showdown would not come to fruition after Carwin suffered a knee injury. The injury followed back surgery four months after he faced dos Santos. Although he hadn’t fought since UFC 131, Carwin did not officially declare retirement until May 7, 2013.
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