(Calm down, Shane. It was a hypothetical question. I’m not saying you are a character from "Sex and the City." I’m just asking, if you were one, which one do you think you’d be? And don’t say Carrie. Everybody says Carrie.)
Thanks to the thus far undefeated University of Montana football team (go Griz), Shane Carwin was honor-bound to answer our questions and yours in an email exchange this week. “The Engineer” may be a no-nonsense sort of guy once he steps in the Octagon, but fortunately for us he has a sense of humor about himself outside of it. With his UFC heavyweight title fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 drawing closer, we asked Carwin about everything from his reaction to Lesnar’s pre-fight trash talk to whether he can reliably use a normal-sized cell phone with his giant hands. In the end, we felt that we came away with a greater understanding of this man of few words.
CP: What’s your reaction to hearing Brock Lesnar criticize your past opponents and your Division II wrestling title? Do you think that there’s a significant difference in the quality of competition you two have faced in your respective careers?
SC: Brock seems to think selling or hyping a fight means disparaging one another’s opponents. I think anyone who is fighting deserves the respect of other fighters, especially a champion. I do not think Brock respects MMA or MMA fans.
As far as my collegiate accomplishments compared to his, saying D1 is better than D II in wrestling is a ridiculous comment. There are plenty of elite wrestlers that did not even compete in college. The fact is Title 9 and many other factors (like lack of fans) keep wrestling on life support and being a great wrestler does not guarantee you a scholarship.
I hope Brock knows Dana did not send me a script to go by. I am coming for that belt.