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Funny thing about health problems — when you talk about them after a loss, you sound like a bitch, but when you talk about them after a win, you sound like a champion. In a new post on his website, Shane Carwin revealed what was actually going on when he no-showed the Radio City Music Hall press conference last Wednesday:

The week leading into this fight was hectic. I was unable to get cleared based on the medical records I submitted so I spend a good part of one of the media days in Dr’s offices. I was able to pass the MRI/MRA that was initially in question but the doctors located a new problem. Apparently there was concern that one of the vessels in my brain looked as if it was connected on one end but not the other, the Dr. told me it could be that or could be a vessel that was widening or ballooning but they could not really tell and needed a better test.* It sounded serious and I wanted to fight so I agreed to the test, which involved CT Angiography (CTA). They had to set up an IV and inject a contrast material in me (containing iodine) and named off some possible side effects, this was all fine, but not when you are less then a couple of days out from a fight. The dye made me pretty sick for about the next 24 hours. I was thankful they were being so thorough but it could not have come at a worse time.

In the end I was cleared and we fit what is usually a week of prep time into a few short days. My Head Coach Trevor Wittman, Coach Leister Bowling, and Professor Amal Easton were amazing at keeping me cool and focused. I had just over 10 pounds to lose** and I was feeling out of my element. I usually have my wife with me at fights and she was unable to attend this time because of the baby, she is usually my calming voice.
As weigh-ins approached my final 2-pound did not want to come off. We dipped back in the sauna and dug a little deeper. I was pretty wiped out by the time I hit the scales and after weigh in’s I had plenty of fluid and food. Between the dye and the weight cut I was drained.
As we approached the arena on fight day the enormity of the situation finally sank in, my Coaches took over and kept me calm and focused backstage. The game plan was simple, force him up against the cage, stay out of his area in the center of the cage and when in close bump and go. When Mir hit me I knew I was going to be okay and this was just another fight at that point. As I pushed him against the cage for the last time I heard Coach Wittman say "bump and go" and that is what I did. My punches were landing and I felt Frank falling. I have a ton of trust in my coaches and that is why.
Post fight I felt like I had finally achieved something that can’t be taken away, I get my shot at the UFC Heavyweight Title and Brock Lesnar. I was not surprised to see Brock come in the cage, he seemed like a nice guy*** and was respectful enough. He is right he has the one belt that really matters to me. I am going to do everything I can to get it. After the press conference was over it was already around 2:30 and I was unable to get back to the hotel to make it to my after party. Please accept my apologies to you and Amnesia if you were there waiting, I really tried my best.****

* It’s interesting that Shane was nearly prevented from fighting for the same reason that Thiago Alves was. Weird coincidence, or overzealous doctors?

** Fun fact: "Carwin-Mir marked the first time in major MMA history that a heavyweight championship match included two men who weighed in at the 265-pound limit. It had never happened in PRIDE; it had never happened in the UFC. The second time is on the way."

*** Really?

**** While “Amnesia” is an awesome stripper-name, it probably isn’t wise to discuss planned hookups with strippers in a public forum that your wife can read, unless the Carwins have one of those “open when it comes to strippers” marriages, in which case, damn bro, must be nice.

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daniel.mtl- April 1, 2010 at 12:50 am
@ ace: couldnt agree more well said (thumbs up) lol
Fedor- March 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm
The only shot Lesnar has is lay and pray! Maybe hit Carwin with a few donkey punches. Carwin is just as strong as Lesnar so he's gonna have a hard time holding him down. I say Carwin wins by knockout!
Fedor- March 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Hey why didn't my comment get posted?!
Ace- March 31, 2010 at 10:44 am
@danil.mtl. I take it you're talking about the "flying" knee during the heath hearing fight? hahahaha. It looked more like brock was running and then went to high knees. Btw if heath hearing was more aware he could have hit Brock with a rolling knee bar in the first round. all the opportunities. ;( that being said, Brock doesn't have the experience or intelligence to beat Carwin. You may wonder where intelligence plays into a fight game.... Well maybe Josh Koscheck, Rashad Evans, Kenny flo, etc. could better explain that.
daniel.mtl- March 31, 2010 at 3:43 am
@bigbaldjosh wow your a tool that flying knee is the worst thing i ever seen, i'm in thialand right now and if the thai trainers seeing that they would piss the selfs laughing
Action_Jaksonz- March 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm
Plain&Simple..........Fitch will nvr beat Gsp as CArwin will nvr beat Brock,both are better version(athletes) of there opponents.Did anybody see Brock land on his fucking head(backflip) while in wwe Dont think no man can get hit as hard as dat,shit he still got up and did his F5
Komodo- March 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Dork patrol is out in force.

montanamonster- March 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm
I knew Carwin would dominate MIr. Frank does not respond well to being bullied and manhandled. Ive got Carwin over Brock by TKO. We have seen Carwin rocked and respond well. I want to see Brock get chin checked badly. All the hate aside, who wouldn't be psyched to see these two monsters in the cage together.
Clyde- March 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Wah Wah Wah. It all just sounds like a buch of excuses as to why it took him so long to knock out a former heavyweight champion while recieving no damage and become the number one contender.

Seriously though, why are people questioning anything about Carwin? Alright, maybe his kicks are not at the level of a young Mirko Crocop, but until something happens where it looks like that's to his detriment maybe we should all just accept that the man is good enough at what he does, that anything else seems unncessary at the moment.

But Shane, "he seemed like a nice guy..." Seriously? Seriously what the fuck? Then man is just unlikeable. Fact.
mt59801- March 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm
No ground game??? he was a champion wrestler one division below cock mc chesty @ the same f-time! As for kicks I haven't seen lesnar really doing a lot of kicking in his fights,but those knees looked pretty fucking brutal to me. I think they're pretty evenly matched with the advantage going to carwin (superior intellect + better control of his emotions+ more experience)

Also.....remember the last mir v lesnar, he got hit a bunch smiled got hit some more fight stopped

mir v carwin got hit about 3x fell down/basically "out on his feet" then a few more punches and sleepy time.

So one can conclude that carwin hits harder than lesnar
robthom- March 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Well... in all due respect Mr.Boner, everything except striking IMO.

Actually the Brocks power strikes might be as dangerous as Carwins strikes on the feet in a different way. But I just keep picturing how fruity the Brocks strikes look in the guard and never being able to pack herring away.

I think Carwin has a good chance of outstriking him.

And The Brock has a chance of catching Carwin with a bomb.
rlh61- March 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Pectoral Phallus...niiiice!
ghostboner- March 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Carwin talks too much. And as much as I want to see him pull a horse shoe out of Lesnar's ass, I think the Sabre-cock-wearer has everything Carwin has, only more of it. I'm not saying Carwin doesn't have a chance I just think his chance is more of a 40% to Pectoral Phallus' 60%. I'm going to take Lesnar in that one, and hope that I'm wrong.
Yeti Stomp- March 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Here's my thoughts: I don't like Lesnar. Seems like a chump, but he's still a chump with the HW belt even if his personality is caustic.

Carwin is exciting to watch, and is doing very well for himself. I look forward to seeing these two monsters go in there and do whatever they're gonna do because, frankly, nobody has been able to compete against Lesnar so far. He was always too big and too strong until Carwin came on to the scene.

Watching these two juggernauts attempt to bash each other's skulls in will be worth the PPV cost. And if it goes to the ground, we get to see who's the better wrestler (with the added bonus of being able to punch your opponent in the face.) All in all, it's win-win for everyone.
Art Gibs- March 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I kind of agree. If I want to read articles that are just long excerpts of poorly written prose, I'll go to Bloody Elbow. CP is better than this. How about a little summarizing next time?
Karma Elite- March 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

If you hit as hard and as accurate as Carwin does, you don't need "great stand up". All it takes is one, if not two punches, to put an opponent in serious danger.

No ground game? Seriously? I know that being an NCAA Division II Wrestling National Champion isn't as prestigious as being the Division I champion, but it's still at a high level of competition. Don't forget that Carwin is a BJJ purple belt under Nate Marquardt and you can all but count on him training Gaidojutsu under Greg Jackson. Hell, the guy has 4 submission victories on his record and I'm not counting the submission due to strikes. How many submissions does Lesnar have? Zero. Hell, how many submission ATTEMPTS does Lesnar have? Zero.

A good ground game does not always consists of a takedown, top control, and rabbit punches which is exactly the skillset we've seen from Lesnar.

Carwin has already proven to be more of a well-rounded fighter than Lesnar. The question is will he be able to use those well-rounded skills against the monster that is Lesnar? Only time will tell. To completely disregard Carwin as a legitimate threat to Lesnar is comical.
philoebeddoe- March 30, 2010 at 11:33 am
12 fights 12 1st round KO'S!!!!! CARWIN IS SICK. He will out muscle and out wrestle Lesnar. Mark my words son!
Negativecreep0- March 30, 2010 at 10:56 am
anyone else think carwin came off like a nerd when he was saying ANYTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY.......of course im paraphrasing i dont remember what he said because my mother and father are brother and sister
Charming Charlie- March 30, 2010 at 10:42 am
He said "It's a lifetime of work here, baby, and it's possible by every American out there." And yes, it's a fine example of how enormous fists draw vital blood supply away from the brain whenever a microphone is present.
rlh61- March 30, 2010 at 10:17 am
Since I can't stand Brock, I'm for anyone he fights. Hell, I was even for Mir against Brock (saying that makes me want to puke).

But...I'm really starting to like Carwin. I know a bunch of guys are going to jump all over 'the nice guy d-bag routine', but he's looking a lot like a regular guy. Well, a regular guy who weighs well over 265 and has cinder-blocks for fists.

I guess I'm officially on the band wagon...

Imentiu- March 30, 2010 at 10:09 am
Didn't anyone from Shane's camp tell him you only need to make excuses when you lose?
Cro mag- March 30, 2010 at 10:07 am
BigBaldJosh- a knee is not a kick, anyone can pull a flying knee out of their ass in a fight.
BigBaldJosh- March 30, 2010 at 10:00 am
cro mag- how can you say lesnar doesnt have kicks- dont you remember that awesome flying knee he threw at Herring?
cecils_pupils- March 30, 2010 at 9:58 am
Bummer. I went to Target this weekend and couldn't find the War Bones album... maybe it's just not in stores yet. I wonder if I can buy the new Car Win single on iTunes?
cecils_pupils- March 30, 2010 at 9:55 am
@NOTSOB It's really funny how you and all the other doubters keep saying how Carwin lacks this and that... let's visit my new list shall we:

1) he lacks stamina/cardio 'cuz he hasn't made it outta round 1
2) he has no stand-up, kicks
3) won't be able to get off of his back with so and so on him
4) he has no ground game

Anything else I should add to my list? Just because no one has had the skill/strength/cardio/balls/whatever to test Carwin enough to even a) get outta round 1, b) match his stand-up, c) put him on his back, etc. still doesn't mean shit.

I know what you are gonna say... "Gonzaga". That fucktard? Puhlease - he's the only example anyone has of a legit test for Carwin - and that has-been got dropped like a bitch with a straight right jab like it was nothing.

Lesnar will surely give him his biggest test. But Car Win will still defeat Brock. Mark my words, son.

Edited: replaced #4 blah blah blah with no ground game