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For the Record, Shane Carwin Wouldn’t Have Pussied Out of His Fight Against Lesnar

("I gotta be honest, guys, I’m on so much NyQuil right now that I can’t tell which one of you is Logan and which one is Natasha.")

From a blog post published yesterday afternoon on

Everyone from the UPS driver to my boss has asked me how I feel about Brock pulling out of the fight on November the 21st. My initial reaction was disappointment. My heart honestly sank as I thought about my family and friends making the trip, and all the training, preparation and excitement I had for this fight.
Last week was the first week that I actually started feeling better from a strain of the swine flu. I had lost over 15 pounds (something I could not afford to loose) and had just pulled some muscles in my leg during training. As 104 approached my manager said, “we should be thankful we are not fighting, from your re-broken nose to the leg, this wasn’t our time”. As I prepared to go to 104, I began slowly realizing what was ahead of me; I needed to be home training and rehabbing, not traveling and missing days of necessary time with my Team. I was due to be fighting for the UFC Heavyweight title. I called Jason back and said you are right, but I can’t go to LA I need to train.
I was reminded about my commitments to the fans at Kmart and the Q&A, and I knew I had to go. In LA I was reminded exactly why we do this sport. Fans were all over the place and every interaction was a positive one. While at Kmart I meet a young man who competes in the Special Olympics and he said he looked up to us fighters. I was so taken back by the fact that he put us fighters on a pedestal. Here was this young man who defied incredible odds in life to reach the Olympics and he pushes himself every day to do things you and I take for granted. I was bitching about a flu, my leg (that would heal), and taking time away from training and this young man looks up to me? He gave me his Octagon necklace and I do not think he realized what an impact he made on me.

I knew right then that I was going to suck it up and drive on. Edward and the rest of Team Carwin would be the fuel to carry me through the rough times and make sure that come fight night I will be the champion. Edward’s life has been nothing but full of twist and turns of which he has very little choice on what happened to him, his choice is to not let his twist or turns take him off the his path in life.
Fighting for the UFC belt is my path and honestly Brock coming down with his illness only gives me more time to be in that much better shape. It is a blessing if you want to know the truth. I would have never pulled out of the fight. I would wheel myself to the cage if it was my choice. I know this is my destiny and I don’t need everything to be perfect I just need my opportunity to show the world what I can do and who I am.
So today when my phone rang and it was Kevin Iole from Yahoo sports asking for my comment on Brock pulling out of the fight I was disappointed and in shock. I had just convinced myself to walk through hell to fight this guy and a respected member of the media [Ed. note: *cough*] was asking for a comment. I immediately called my manager who informed me that it was news to him as well but for me to stay calm, don’t talk to anyone and wait for his call. My wife and I were in shock, it was like the opposite of when we got the news that we were fighting for the title. I wanted nothing more then for Kevin to be wrong.
30 minutes go by and Jason calls me back to say he was able to reach the UFC matchmaker and the fight was not happening and that Brock had been ill for “6 weeks”. He informed me that all the UFC executives were in the TUF tryouts and we really needed to sit tight until we could hear from them what the next steps were.
As I write this I still do not know what is in store for me in the near future. I have my own training wounds that need to heal, I have teammates preparing for fights and they need my help, and I want to be ready for whatever the UFC brings my way. I am not the star of the show, I really do not have any say in the matter. My job is to be ready when they need me, I will be. I pray that Brock gets better soon and that he and I can put this fight together. The fans want this fight and so do I. So we will just have to wait and see what the UFC has in mind for Team Carwin.
As I said I feel blessed to have the extra time to rehab my injuries and recover from the flu. I think that I am blessed to have an amazing team of people helping me and supporting me that it really doesn’t matter about the twist and turns of life because I know I am on the right path. If Edward can so can I. Who can really complain about your dreams being delayed a bit? I am lucky to be fighting for the best fans in the World, I am lucky to have an amazing family and the best coaches and team mates in the game. Thank you to my amazing sponsors like Max Muscle, Warrior Wear and Beaver Buzz Energy for supporting me full time.

You hear that, MMA fans? Shane would show up to his fight in a wheelchair to prove himself worthy of your respect — and it sounded like he was already halfway there. Sure, he’d stand no chance against Lesnar in such a weakened state, but at least he’d go out with honor. Meanwhile, Brock starts peeing out of his butt for just 25 days, and suddenly he’s like "Hey guys, I’m going to pull out of this thing." Remember that when these two finally get it on. Shane Carwin would have died for you.

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4th and Schlong- October 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm
Any man sponsored by Beaver Buzz deserves potato nations support.
Owen Loves His Mamma- October 29, 2009 at 10:46 am
P.S. in cage action, Carwin has demonstrated heavy hands, heavy hands I guess. I dunno.

Brock Lesnar on the other hand has demonstrated punching power (bowling over Herring and Couture) PLUS phenomenal athleticism, wrestling and sick ground-and-pound. He's reinventing ground and pound.

Just the facts, m'am.
Owen Loves His Mamma- October 29, 2009 at 10:42 am
Shane Carwin has big ears and a facial expression like that ostensibly tough kid in 1st grade who wasn't afraid to cry if his mom forgot to pack Zingers in his lunch. That being said, he's a great fighter. As long as he utilizes his wrestling against Brock he should do OK. If he tries to stand and bang, he's going to get taken down and mauled like Frank (God rest his face.)
Bambi 101- October 29, 2009 at 4:57 am
As much as I hope Carwin knocks Brock the f*ck out....he's starting to come across just too holier than thou, and it's getting old....change the tune Shane, most of us want you to beat this dude senseless, maybe then we'll see you as a martyr....but not until then.
Red Baron- October 29, 2009 at 4:41 am
Maybe Carwin sees it as his obligation to improve the image of MMA. He has the MMA world's attention; why not use the moment for good? Lets be real here, MMA's image needs a lot of work. For too long idiots like Leben stood in front of Joe Rogan and told the world MMA is full of uneducated thugs. DW doesn't help when he shows that he lacks the vocabulary to construct a single sentence without throwing the f-bomb like Iceman throws haymakers.

We got off on the right foot with the Gracies who showed self-control, and respect for their art. Next thing ya know morons like Tito start making some bucks and become mouthpieces for the industry??? C'mon, the guy's a walking talking ignoramous. He's hardly the image we want for MMA. And as much as I like the skill of the Diaz brothers, does anyone really think that 5 years from now both of them won't be in a penatentiary somewhere?

The sport needs to grow up if it wants to mainstream and go to the next level. The biggest step toward that would be if Carwin beats that ape Lesnar.

There, have I sufficiently offended half the MMA fans now? lol
reddog- October 29, 2009 at 12:03 am
Holy shit!! Like i have said in every fucking Carwin thread, Shane get the fuck off your soapbox, because everyone thinks you are 6'5"

And for the record, North Weld County Water District is for losers who dont want to be champs, just contenders and gatekeepers.
bogrog- October 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm
i was just about to post something along the same lines. WE GET IT SHANE, YOU'RE A HUMBLE GUY. enough already.
Dmonicideals- October 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm
No way Carwin wins. He will learn what a pro athlete needs to do to succeed. Yes, this is MMA, and everyone has a punchers chance, and Shane punches hard, but he doesn't show the dedication that he needs to.

Imagine how good he would be if he DID just train. That is a fight I want to see. But it does give MMA something of a "street fighter" image if the guy doing 40s plus as an engineer can come in and take the HW championship.

If you thought Tapout/Affliction/SuperCoolBarbwireAndSkullsAndKnivesWithADangerousName shirt guys were pricks before....... get ready for the douchebag revolution.
MMA-FAN- October 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm
Why are they saying that Shane Carwin is 6'5 265lbs? Gabriel Gonzaga is 6'1 apparently and they stared each other right in the eye. Plus that must mean that referee that looks like big johns replacement must be 6'7 cause hes a few inches taller than shane when they touched gloves. I'm not trying to diss Carwin i think he's a beast and it will be an amazing battle of the bears but they gotta stop building him up as a bigger, better brock lesnar.
AgentoftheBat- October 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm
I think Carwin needs to stop writing 500 page novels about his life to post online every other day and actually get back to the gym.
Sure it will make for a great lead up show to the fight, when they film you in your home town being the "everyman", but listen up son.
Once Brock is done murdering whatever disease he's got, you are in trouble.
Hate him if you will but Lesnar is a monster.
Carwin should be happy Brock has granted him one more Christmas with his family.
Eyes red as Fedor- October 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm
Even Carwin's flu was more bad ass than Lesnar's.
Professor Choas- October 28, 2009 at 4:49 pm
I liked him more when he kept his mouth shut more often but i still think he is gonna beat on lesnar
axhed- October 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm
is that edward on the left?
Red Baron- October 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm
Goodie two-shoes? Oh don't be jealous. Obviously he was typing from a PDA or iPhone type "small" device. It's nice to see an MMA star who can put sentences together like he didn't spend 3 years in the 5th grade, and who can type a long correspondence without a single vulgarity. You like Lesnar's style because he makes you think that dopes like he and you can actually get somewhere in life. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news there bud, but Lesnar's a genetic freak who over-achieved solely because of a miscommunication in his chromosomes that caused brain development to be redirected to physical development.

MMA is growing , girls. The Neanderthals like Lesnar are giving way to the better rounded fighters like Carwin and Machita. People who respect their fans, sponsors, and their art. You'll ridicule that, because you don't get it and probably never will. And, that's ok. We need examples in your life - that is your purpose. Carry on. . .

RaWrBoOm- October 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm
I could really give a damn if Shane Carwin is a "swell guy," bigger than brock, or sicker than brock.
shitbag- October 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm
Carwin gonna whip Brock! He gonna whip him!
mthomas- October 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Anyone else think he's been hanging around GSP @ Greg Jackson's camp too much and is now trying to come off as a 'Heavyweight Hero'? The difference is when GSP comes off as a nice guy, it doesn't seem like an act....
echoxer0- October 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm
war carwin!
that special olympics guy just made me your fan, no joke
HeHateMe- October 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Carwin is a douche. Tell him to chill the fuck out and wait, When Mir and Lesnars fight was postponed.....people still said Brock would lose the fight....he ended up making Mir's face look like hamburger.
FlyingGoGos- October 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm
Brock trains hard and takes this MMA thing kinda serious. Too bad he's such a douche. Carwin isn't that much of a douche but his humble average man routine is getting old. I some fricking weekend warrior type dude is HWChamp, thats worse than Lesnar getting a title shot after 3 fights. Screw both of these guys.
MagicMitch- October 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Oh man, agentsmith, I almost wish i didn't think that was so funny...almost.

Mr LOLface, usually weighs in in the 250's while Lesnar is usually in the 260's, check the facts son.

That that [Ed. note: *cough*] was effin great.
google- October 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm
Next he is going to be fighting for all the Shaneamaniacs out there.
Angled Dangle- October 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm
My money is on Carwin. Brock tooled up the UFC long enough.
K.E.G.- October 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm
@ omuntu
i agree. He is getting really annoying.
mr LOLface- October 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Carwin is taller than Brock, uses bigger gloves than Brock, weighs more than Brock, and he gets waaay more fucking sick than Brock. "'Ill?'... pashaaaww! I've got motherfuckin' H1N9 and I think some left over anthrax got mixed up with my protein powder".

Brock, just cede defeat. Even that 5 by 4 you got is miniscule compared to the unicorn tag Carwin's scored.

Here's to one-uppin-ya!