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Shane Carwin To Undergo Back Surgery, Return to Action Postponed

“It’s the weirdest thing, Doc. It feels just fine when I stand like this.” (Photo: Francis Specker)

In a post to his blog titled “Unfinished Business”, top UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin revealed yesterday that for the second time in a year he will be going under the knife.

I have spent my entire fighting career dealing with injuries from my football career. I have done my best to get through my training and I have been blessed to get through my fights with relatively little to no damage.

As I ramped up my training for UFC 141 my body locked up during training. It wasn’t like the Lesnar fight but my back just tightened up and I froze. I scheduled an MRI and the results showed that my disc in my lower back is into the nerves . My doctor gave me two options; retire and I could probably go on for a few years without surgery or I could undergo surgery and continue my career.

The decision was easy. I have unfinished business. The UFC had me lined up to face one of the best in the world and I am confident I have everything I need to be a Champion. I am scheduling surgery and I hope to return to the Octagon by spring or summer 2012.”

Tough times for Carwin. Following his second round submission loss to Brock Lesnar in July of last year, “The Engineer” pulled out of a scheduled bout against Roy Nelson to undergo surgery repairing neck, back, and nerve damage. He returned from that procedure to face Junior Dos Santos on short notice, but fell short in the effort. The 36 year old had planned a return to action at UFC 141, but will now go back on the injured reserve list.

Time will tell how how Carwin will bounce back from this operation. Multiple spine surgeries in a short time span don’t sound promising for a fighter’s career, particularly for a fighter getting up there in years.

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XENOPHON- October 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm
In the same boat as you, cervical damage affecting the arm and hand on one side, and the lumbar with sciatic ailments....they both lingered for what seemed like years....
Like you one was from having carried heavy gear for too many hours, the other was a brawl, which turned into many against one fast, and after being circled took a fucking shovel to the lower back - igniting a problem from years early when in the military.
Now days the physical fights either are avoided when possible, or its hard and about bringing it talk, just all offense to get it done. As for hobbies, only surfing in smaller than 5-6 surf these days, as the occasional fall in the water comes with cushion.
Motivated Penn- October 17, 2011 at 9:41 am
Yep, mothercruncher most definitely mad.
MediumRare- October 17, 2011 at 9:06 am
@ Buster: "gas out before their wives say yes" - I lolled - good material.
I think mothercruncher sounds mad. The "Shane's butthole" thing supports that theory.
I tip my hat to anyone willing to sacrifice their nuts for greater performance in any sport.
@ mothercruncher: I think Shane wins. Despite his alleged testicular atrophy and back injuries, he's still a top-of-the-food-chain HW. What have you have achieved that stacks up against that?
btw I think i need compound eyes to read this captcha
mothercruncher- October 17, 2011 at 3:33 am
Crawl out of Shane's butthole long enough folks and you might see clear enough to realise steroids are used regularly by the medical profession to heal injuries. Just a basic fact.
The "big boys", as you say, may well be bigger than me, but the quality of their muscle is poor, along with their little baby nads. So, who wins?
Buster Hyman- October 17, 2011 at 3:02 am
@ mediumrare : not sure anyone's mad. im just sad that the big dumb bell boys at the gym have tiny junk, cant fit in miadas and gas out before their wives say yes. guess that rules out one possibility for carwin throwing his back out.
Todd M- October 17, 2011 at 1:56 am
^ Yeah I was in a good mood today so I thought I'd share the love
smellypiratehooker- October 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm
@ Todd M
Just signed back in and noticed the blitzkrieg you waged in the various comment sections. Good on ya! you put a smile on this buzzed up face.
Todd M- October 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Im with Gerard Gordeau, who was Carwin supposed to face? I must of missed that announcement
@ FaH Q NL15, Don't sound so smart now do ya?
Get Off Me- October 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Remember that the UFC does testing sometimes(often) and I am sure they have Shane down for something... He was busted the baseball way, the name on the list connection thing. I cited two reasons Shane was going to lose to JDS on here going into the fight 1)Shane was coming off suregery too soon 2)He was off the juice. Not complaining about the use of TRT in the sport, complaining about how it needs to be phased out with proper testing. At this point, I hope Anderson kicks the shit out of Chael and tests grossly positive for Steroids afterwards...wouldn't that be sweet.
Agreed as well, basically if you drove the car too fast and too hard for too long the discs are going to take a beating.
Sciatica is one of the worst things someone can go through.
The fact that guys like Edgar, who had his first back surgery when he was 20, still can fight and look that good doing it is amazing. I think the mistake that these fighters make is that they try to come back too soon and end up like Thiago Silva taking shots in the back before going into the octagon.
intercept440- October 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm
oh and by the way you can spell one of the captcha things wrong with one letter and it still elts you in....
ive tried it deliberatly 4 times now and it works.
another reason to get rid of it ben.
intercept440- October 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm
it doenst take a major injury to fuck up your back either. all it takes is something small like lifting things wrong. lift with your legs not with your back. i can tell you that persoanlly.
my lower back is jacked up from years of construction when i was in my twenties.
funny how when you reach your late thirties all that shit comes back to haunt you...
a;ll you can do for it is drink copious amounts of alcohol and ibuprofen
MediumRare- October 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm
@ mothercruncher: of course he was hitting the 'roids back in the day. So fucking what? And what in fuck do steroids have to do with spinal discs repairing? Are you just mad 'cause the big boys at the gym use bigger dumbells than you for their curls?
@ warchief: c'mon man, look at pics of Shane from a few years ago. 'Roids. A ton of hard work and dedication. But also 'roids. And good on him. He's never pissed hot so he knows what he's doing.
We all want them to enhance their performance but only how the athletic commissions say they should? Fuckin' weak.
warchief65- October 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Again , with the " 'roids " thing . Carwin was never caught with them , so why do you always say that he did ?

Anyhoo , it's not about how much " meat " is hanging on your back . It's how you get hit that hurts . As one who tore up my back , I can tell you , it takes a lot of force to make you're disks to hit the nerves , a LOT ! I blew out mine from L-1 to S-4 , and the doctors said I was luck to be walking . But , the surgeries that I had , Shane's will be to have the disc taken out and have the " + " in place . I only wish they found that before mine happened .
mothercruncher- October 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm
It's funny, your body doesn't seem to fix itself quite so well when you aint on the roids any more, eh Shane?
gregbanig- October 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Did you read the article?
FaH Q NL15- October 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Junior Dos Santos... you read the article?
Gerard Gordeau- October 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm
who was carwin supposed to face?
danomite- October 16, 2011 at 11:51 am
vertebral columns probably weren't designed to stabilize 280 lbs of meat every day. Before the industrial revolution began I doubt many humans could scrounge up the calories necessary to put on that kind of mass. I'm surprised Brock Lesnar hasn't had any major back problems especially given his previous career in the WWF. oh well, hope he heals up soon.