Former UFC heavyweight interim champ, Shane Carwin, has finally decided to hang up the gloves after a great, but short lived, mixed martial arts career. This news comes via his Twitter page:
Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans!
#dreambig GOD BLESS!!!
For Carwin fans, this is a sad day as he was one of the most exciting heavyweights in the UFC. His knockout power made him a fan favorite, and his sheer size made him an absolute specimen to watch inside the cage. Carwin retires with an overall record of 12-2.
In his fighting career, he beat some quality opponents in Gabriel Gonzaga, Frank Mir, and Neil Wan. Beating Mir allowed him to capture an interim championship, which is a great feat for any fighter. Even though he would lose his next two bouts to Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos, Carwin always brought the fight to his opponents, and he has seven TKO/KOs to prove it.
It’s good to see him go out on his own terms, as a lot of fighters today tend to stay in the game too long. This, in turn, causes them long term damage that will affect them for the rest of their life. Luckily, Carwin knew when his time was done, which was due to a significant amount of injuries that forced him out of the cage. He will always go down as one of the more exciting heavyweights, and it’s good to see him still have his health, his family, and an engineering career.