Seeing Brock Lesnar’s huge biceps with his large sword tattoo on his chest is enough to give anyone a second thought facing him in the octagon but Shane Carwin was never intimidated not even a tiny drop of fear. He had been waiting for this moment since their scheduled October 26, 2009 bout last year that was eventually postponed because Lesnar was suffering from an intestinal disorder.
UFC 116 was Carwin’s ultimate redemption a unification bout with Brock to be crowned as the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion of the world after winning the interim belt on a first round KO against a fighter that gave Lesnar his first defeat, Frank Mir.
“It was a good fight, but he’s wearing a belt that’s a make believe belt, I’ve got the real championship belt.” stated Lesnar after Carwin’s victory.
Unlike other fighters Shane is a degree holder in Mechanical engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in environmental technology so Carwin always has a fall back but MMA was always his first love. He was always drawn to physical sports having been a NCAA division 2 wrestling champion and a two-time All-American football for Western state. He embraces the sweat, the pain and the adrenaline and MMA offers everything he was looking for. He fought 12 times before Lesnar and won all of them in the first round; 7 by knockouts and 5 by submissions. He was destined to be a champion and after taking baby steps all the way to the top a fight with Lesnar is a culmination of everything he worked for. This was his dream and this was his purpose long before he started fighting. He wants to be on top and no one can stop him not even the physically imposing Lesnar.
Carwin has an enormous punching power and as his left hook found its place on the 265 pounder Lesnar in the first round it looks like it’s a short night for Carwin as Lesnar staggered on the cage and was clearly on trouble. He pounded the champion to the ground giving him punch after punch peppered with his heavy elbows but it was not enough to finish Brock giving him second wind going to the next round. Round 2 was an unfamiliar territory for Carwin ending fights with round 1 all on his 12 bouts as he move forward and was caught by Lesnar’s massive arms for a take down wherein he was full mounted before Lesnar finish him with an arm triangle choke.
It was Shane Carwin’s first defeat, his first let down on his MMA career and like they always say the first cut is the deepest. He lost his belt and he lost his chance to become an undisputed champion. But he can always put his head high after two gruelling rounds giving Brock a beating. After his performance for sure there would be a rematch and Carwin would be ready at that time. No one ever won a Chess match by making only forward moves. Sometimes you have to move backward to take a better step forward.
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