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Shane Carwin Bows Out of UFC 125 Bout With Roy Nelson Due to Nagging Back Injury


(Carwin in less painful times, leading the crowd in a spirited rendition of "YMCA.")

UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin announced today via his website that he will be puling out of his planned UFC 125 bout on January 1 against Roy Nelson to rehab a nagging back injury that could require surgery.

Here’s what Carwin had to say about the situation:

"I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. As many of you know I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action.

I was really looking forward to fighting again and obviously this is a very disappointing turn of events. My manager said "You can’t fight the best fighters in the world with just heart, it is time to stop limping to the top of the mountain and get healthy so you can climb it on your terms." I have been up all night thinking about this decision and what I may be missing by making it.
In the end my family and manager are right. I owe myself, I owe my fans the best show I can give them. I need to get healthy. I am going to be speaking with the surgeon this week about the surgery. My thoughts are if the surgery fixes it why add 8-12 weeks of physical therapy, epidurals and traction if surgery may still be needed.
The good news is the doctors said I can work on my cardio (they must have seen my last fight lol) with this injury.
This is a hard decision but the right one and I home #TeamCarwin can stand by me through this period of my career. No one wants to get me back to winning more than me. I just need to be healthy to do it.
This type of thing is MMA. I know I am saying that a lot but it is the truth. We sacrifice our minds and bodies on our own time and our own dimes to prepare for battle. in hopes that we get the call for battle. In that process things can go wrong and if we don’t compete we don’t get paid. The time, money and sacrifices are lost and your opportunity might pass you by. Some fighters choose to fight injured as the risk is worth any part of the reward they may receive.
This is why sponsors who support fighters outside of when they fight are critical to this sports success. This is why I am always thanking my sponsors.
If it wasn’t for my sponsors I would not be where I am and I surely would not able to make this very difficult decision right now. Thank you Dethrone, Budlight, Good4UDrinks, and performancemma.com for your continued support. Thank you to my other sponsors and to all of those helping us fighters chase this dream of being a Champion.
Thank you to Jason Genet for being able to make sure that all of my efforts in and out of the ring have value. You and your team have done so much for me and my family words cannot describe how grateful we are.
To my fan’s, we will get there and in the end this is all for you. I hope to continue to entertain you and interact with you as much as possible."

So the question is, who will the UFC get to replace "The Engineer" against "Big Country?"

My money is on Pat Barry or Frank Mir, who would both give Roy a hell of a fight, wherever they it to him.

What will be interesting is whether Carwin will be paired with Brock Lesnar when he returns from his injury since the former champ’s eventual rematch with Cain Velasquez is likely at least eight to 10 months down the road and the UFC won’t want to keep a headliner like Brock on the sidelines that long.

I’m not saying Carwin is angling for an upgrade in opponents, nor am I saying Brock is an upgrade in any other way than he is a higher profile fighter than Nelson, thanks in large part to his WWE popularity and the fact that he was the UFC heavyweight champ, but he may get one simply due to circumstance.

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itsgalf- October 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm
@RwilsonR

Damn man, you just posted pretty much exactly what I was going to post when I read the article. Haha
CungwantsCookies- October 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm
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DazedNConfused- October 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Agh god I just read that CroCop is interested in this fight and thinks Nelsons style would match up with his very well.

NOOOOOOO. Please, there aren't many bigger Crocop fanboys than me, but please go retire, do some commentating, and relax it out. You're done son! You could have knocked out Frank Mir that night, he gave you the fight with his shitty cardio and yet he was still the one engaging you. How brutal? back in PRIDE it was Mirko always chasing his opponent, stalking and attacking. Once that's gone, along with his knees, and age.

I respectively thank him for his career and hope he doesn't do this/UFC doesn't do this. Plus he has no selling factor really. This card is destined to be in the 250-300k region.
El Famous Burrito- October 26, 2010 at 11:57 am
@SouthAfricaMMA

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I just hope he doesn't think that this back surgery is going to cure everything wrong with him like Tito.
El Famous Burrito- October 26, 2010 at 11:54 am
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SouthAfricanMMA- October 26, 2010 at 11:52 am
Good to join the Potato nation and add some SA flavour to it...Seems like a very convenient time for Shane to decide to pull out of the fight. I'd be very surprised if he requires surgery.
DazedNConfused- October 26, 2010 at 11:51 am
Totally agree with Shitbag. I liked Carwin but the steroid thing just disappeared. Makes me wonder wtf happened?

He's a fake man, all that humble bullshit is obviously the role he's trying to play in the UFC.
DazedNConfused- October 26, 2010 at 11:47 am
That's disappointing, I was really looking forward to this fight. It's also a big blow to the UFC who were hoping this would help sales with the not so exciting/enducing fight to casual fans, Maynard vs. Edgar.

I'm sure he will fight Lesnar when he gets back, although I was ready to root for Nelson in this fight. My friend was giving me 5 to 1 odds on a 50 dollar bet. Fuck.

RwilsonR- October 26, 2010 at 11:14 am
@Elentius - I agree with you fully on Carwin's submission defense, but I disagree with the steroid thing. I was a huge fan of his both inside and outside of the cage, but even using steroids in the past runs counter to a lot of what he said. Nobody likes a hypocrite.
shitbag- October 26, 2010 at 10:58 am
@Elentius I don't care if him doing steroids was "several years ago" He's a little bitch and can fuck off and die as far as I'm concerened. I used to be a big Carwin fan, I even defended him on Bloody Elbow (those guys are still bitches tho), but fuck him. First he says "I will issue a statement soon" what ever happened to that? The UFC has totally swept this under the rug, that Dana White, such a tough guy, wow, he is so worthy of respect. Carwin and Brock both have no dicks from roids. War Velasquez!!!
BONGTAR- October 26, 2010 at 10:32 am
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BackbaconBilly- October 26, 2010 at 10:31 am
Theres more to this bullshit than Carwin is admitting, anyhoo go get you're back fixed up big guy the UFC will still be here, although by then you'll be lucky to get a fight with Cheik...lol
Elentius- October 26, 2010 at 10:10 am
Some real stupid ass posts around here. Carwin could not defend the submission because he had nothing left not because he did not know how to. The minor movements he made during the fight, like pulling his arm and turning his head, showed that he knew how to get out of it, but the strength was gone. He certainly needs to play it calmer, work the cardio, and not punch himself out. He will be champ one day. The steroids were several years ago unless you can pull some positive results from somewhere during his MMA career... that's what I thought.
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@BONGTAR

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Kimbos Bread- October 26, 2010 at 9:56 am
GNC vs KFC was gonna be epic. This fucking sucks. Fuck life
mothercruncher- October 26, 2010 at 9:48 am
He's got an injury?

Can't he just squirt some of his steroid stash over that injury?
knucklesamitch- October 26, 2010 at 9:40 am
Also...I vote for Nelson to get Kongo...It gets Nelson back on the winning track and gives "Cup-check" his walking papers.
Videodrome_NOW- October 26, 2010 at 9:40 am
UFC 125 Lesnar vs. Nelson- White Pride vs. White Trash on New Years Day!
knucklesamitch- October 26, 2010 at 9:38 am
When Carwin says he has a back problem, what he really means is he didn't cycle off the roids soon enough.
MaxTheLimit- October 26, 2010 at 9:37 am
*snip*
MaxTheLimit- October 26, 2010 at 9:36 am
What I like is that even with an injured fighter, the HW division is so interesting that even alternative fighters are going to be really entertaining. I can't wait for Dos Santos vs Velasquez. Big country vs Carwin was a fight I wanted to see, but Carwin vs Lesnar 2 should be interesting too. Nelson vs Minotauro Nogueira or Mir or Pat Barry. I am exicted to see almost any of the contenders in the division. Hell, Nelson vs Congo might be interesting as a fight of polar opposites.
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