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Shane Carwin Answers Reader Questions, Says Lesnar Doesn’t Respect MMA or Its Fans

(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.

CP: It seems like you definitely have some strong personal feelings about Lesnar.  Is that a first for you, to fight someone in an MMA bout who you actually dislike?  Does that change the experience for you at all?

I would say my dislike for Brock has motivated me to take all aspects of my training to another level.  Do not get me wrong, I was taking Cain very serious but when this call came in I got this whole renewed sense of energy that has really helped carry me through.

I think that you should be able to respect those around you and especially those that support you.

CP: People like to draw a lot of parallels between you and Lesnar because of your size and similar athletic background.  What do you think are the biggest differences between the two of you?

I think my training partners and coaches are my edge.

CP: What do you think Lesnar’s greatest weakness is?

His inability to think before he speaks.

Ballentine: How old were you when you had your first real fight? What was the outcome? 

I do not remember but it was likely a beating from one of my brothers and I am sure it did not end well.  As a kid I wasn’t really picked on too much or had a lot of troubles with fighting.  I fight for the sport of fighting.

rokabee: After Brock’s antics at UFC 100, everyone wanted someone to step up and beat Brock. Myself, and countless others have all had you in our minds as the guy who could do it. Do you feel any added pressure being that guy that people walk up to and beg you to kick Brock’s ass?

Added pressure?  I was in the stands at that fight and I know exactly how you were feeling.  I was using my desire to punch Brock as my fuel for the Cain training camp.  What ever happens the first power shot I land I will be thinking about that very moment at 100.  That will be for the fans.

FlyingGogoPlata: Is there anyone out there that you haven’t trained with yet but that you would really like to?

I haven’t thought about it.  We are pretty spoiled with our camp.  It is like having three great camps working in concert.  Jackson’s, the crew in Montreal and my home team at Grudge Training Center all get me where I need to be.  We have a ton of future legends training with us.

Sneaky Pete: In Faraday’s equation describing the Law of Induction:

E = – (d ΦB / d t)

E refers to the magnitude of the electromotive force in volts while "ΦB" refers to what?

Cue the Jeopardy music… now.

I really do not know off the top of my head.  You are giving me Physics nightmares. 

hotsaucemonster: What do your other siblings do? Are they as athletically gifted and as large as you?

My brothers were very gifted and I followed them in sports.  They are both about 6’2 250 range.  Our Mom can still keep all 800 pounds of us in line.

El Famous Burrito: Dear Mr. Carwin,

I can’t help but notice your giant hands. Have you ever considered getting a Jitterbug phone?

No.  I am so big and scary I just make those with small hands do all my dialing.  Do you feel awkward admitting to staring at my hands?

newdeal: Brock Lesnar has a nearly unstoppable takedown ability. Frank Mir is one of the best ground fighters in the division and wrestlers are notoriously bad on their backs. What do you think your chance of victory is from the bottom, or do you plan to return this to standing as soon as possible?

Come on, if he was unstoppable he would have been an Olympic wrestler.  He wants you to think he is unstoppable.  He was just bigger than Mir, not better.  In a skill clinic I would be Team Mir every time. 

We have a game plan for all areas in which the fight will go.  Mir was on his back looking for submissions, a comfort area for a BJJ master like him.  I won’t be comfortable until my hand is raised.

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Homicide- June 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm
not alot of brock fans online most likely because fedors (yes fedor.. carwin is a nobody and most likely doesnt have fans of his own) entire fanbase is compiled of a bunch of pale white basement nerds.. lets get real for a second brock lesnar is a great fighter and a great wrestler.. he catches alot of shit from "MMA 4 LIFE" fans because he was a pro wrestler at one point in time.. that really doesnt change the fact that brock has skills.. he is a big man that knows how to use his size to his advantage.. yet before each fight somebody says "time to find out if he is all hype or not" ok? well he is always gonna be all hype in your eyes untill he loses.. Shane Carwin is all hype.. and when brock dominates him you fedor fruit cups are just going to say the same stuff about his next fight (that wont be against fedor because fedor is a vagina that is affraid of being ground and pounded into the shadows and forgotten)
Dante- October 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

You're lame and your feelings are hurt. This is typical.

Here is a solid breakdown of opinion:

"I think brock is going to smother Carwin with his size and strength, and try to gnp the finish out. I also think his tattoos are funny, they remind me of Heman. But I think Carwin's tattoos are funnier.

This opinion is translated when its posted on a site like cage potato, a site that cushions legitmacy with humor, as it is directed towards those with some kind of sense of humor; not you.

"Good luck getting smothered with He-Man tattoos and fists. douche."

Take your bullshit emotions and lack of a sense of humor and get lost. terd.
Lateral Drop- October 2, 2009 at 9:02 am
In response to nobody in particular:

The difference between division I and II is very slight. The thing about wrestling, and why it never really caught on as a spectator sport, is that once you get to a certain level everyone is about the same. If you take away the freak talents, the 1st ranked wrestler in the country could lose to the 20th ranked wrestler they are all so close in skill.
ArmFarmer- October 2, 2009 at 3:54 am
There's a difference between being opinionated and talking shit directly to someone for no reason, but my mistake for expecting you and the other 13 year olds on here to understand that.

"Good luck getting smothered with He-Man tattoos and fists. douche."

That's not expressing an opinion, that's being a dickhead for no good reason.. so why don't you get a fuckin clue and grow up. And take brocks dick out of your mouth next time you speak to me.
saltmountain- October 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm
I do hope with all my heart carwin wins this
I don't see it happening though and id bet
the house on it
I'd have expected velasquez to beat carwin
and right now I think velasquez will be
his biggest threat and im glad he decided
to have a few more fights first as I think he
will only improve
his head is made of concrete by the looks of it
so i dont see velas being knocked out and he
has bucketloads of stamina as shown in the
kongo fight to make most fighters give up
In the meantime I hope to fuck im wrong
about the carwin lesnar bout
Dante- October 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm
ArmFarmer, how can you be so butthurt that people are opinionated on an American message board?

You're whack. Get a fucking clue.
reddog- October 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm
Fuck Shane Carwin. When Brock shoves a fist down his throat, I will laugh and remember the pathetic North Weld County Water job that prevented Shane from being a real pro and training full time. Its a deserving punishment for not answering my obviously superior questions.
Clyde- October 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Some great answers there. Best of luck to you big fella.
DefinitelyMaybe- October 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm
I am about as excited for this fight as I was last night for InnerMe vs. The Blob.

I anticipate a similar fight at 106... Brock takes a punch or two, but barely breaks a sweat.

But I hope I'm wrong.
LastEmperor- October 1, 2009 at 1:50 pm
--- I thought Gonzaga was all hype? Oh wait, Carwin knocked him into next week...
LastEmperor- October 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Not? Really.
You had the balls to call somebody else a douche and you used a Waynes world reference?
Sneaky Pete- October 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm
@ itsgalf

Magnetic flux indeed.

Thanks for using my question! I love you cagepotato.
ArmFarmer- October 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm
There are some true definitions of keyboard warriors in here. I guess they have to take the few opportunities they will have in life to talk shit to a guy like Shane Carwin..for no reason.. without either wetting themselves or getting their face caved in.. or both.. immediately afterwards.
decasere- October 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm
not all long standing MMA fans agree with you, Carwin is a big mouth and i hope it gets an equally big fist in it. He is not respecting his opponent which will be his undoing.
Dagnut- October 1, 2009 at 12:17 pm
I think like most long standing mma fans I'm routing for carwin..but he shouldn't confuse size with strength, you can be the same size as some one doesn't mean your going to be as powerful I know that sounds pretty obvious but lesnar is immensely strong
ldykilla82- October 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Has Shane thought about what he will do when Brock tries to open mouth kiss him for being the first man to beat him (in a dominating fashion). Just saying this sort of weird quasi gay post fight pillow talk/ snuggle fest might get taken up a notch. Just think about Tim Slyvia and Big Nog.
tallkitchenbags- October 1, 2009 at 11:56 am
carwin's being a dog in the manger with this whole fight. he jumped on lesnar being a dick with his twitter account postings and parlayed the minor drama that ensued into a title shot. i don't know if he's sincere and I think he will get crushed by brock, but he did display some impressive gamesmanship in selling this storyline.
decasere- October 1, 2009 at 11:28 am
I tire of the name calling and preening this guy is doing. Just shut up get in the ring and fight, then you can tell us how great you are with a bloodied up face and your first loss Shane.
Smitty- October 1, 2009 at 10:53 am
Shane seems like a decent guy. This should be a good fight. I'm not such a fan of Shane or Brock, as much as I am a fan of good fights.
M1-Grovel- October 1, 2009 at 10:52 am
i am so fucking hyped for this fight.
Kimbos Bread- October 1, 2009 at 10:52 am
E = MC vagina
Fedor vs. Bas- October 1, 2009 at 10:42 am
Man, I had some good questions that were left unanswered.

Badguy- October 1, 2009 at 10:41 am
Fedor vs. Bas- October 1, 2009 at 10:40 am
I really wanted to know if he thought there should be a 235lb Cruiserweight division in the UFC.

google- October 1, 2009 at 10:31 am
I bet he pulls a Forrest Griffin when he loses.