Perhaps one of the most under rated heavyweights today, Shane Carwin was regarded in the top five prior to his only loss to former champ Brock Lesnar. Carwin blasted through the UFC ranks on a 12-0 win streak, never leaving the first round of a fight. During his title shot with Lesnar, Carwin pummeled the former champ as many thought it would be stopped. Unfortunate for Carwin Lesnar survived the round, leaving Carwin out of gas in the second causing him to succumb to an arm triangle by Lesnar in the second. After almost a year off due to surgery on his shoulder, Carwin now has a chance to redeem himself with a victory at UFC 131 against Junior Dos Santos. The winner has already been said to receive the next title shot against Cain Velasquez according to the UFC.
Carwin recently responded to the sudden change of fortune on his personal blog:
“Junior is a serious fight and not the type of fight that you would normally take on a 30 day notice but I have a dream to chase and I do not have a lot of time to chase it. This is an opportunity to put myself in contention for the title. I know my Coaches will have me ready so I have everything to gain.”
Carwin’s training coach Trevor Wittman is also aware that 30 days to prepare for an opponent like JDS is no easy task.
“The thing is, it’s a whole different opponent,” Wittman said. “Different size, different height and reach, different style. [Einemo] was world-class on the ground, so that’s a different type of fight. Dos Santos comes right at you throwing one shot after another.”
Wittman also mentioned that Carwin has really been inspired by the turn of events.
“Shane’s so funny, because when I was talking to him on the phone he said, ‘Coach, now I feel excited. Now I feel hungry.'”
Could Shane Carwin be reinvigorated in his chance to return to a title shot? Did he address the cardio issue he suffered in the Lesnar fight? If so we may see Carwin skyrocket back into the top heavyweight p4p ranking.