UFC Heavyweight Shane Carwin has retired from fighting, and is hanging up the gloves for good. Carwin, former interim heavyweight champion and NCAA Div. II All-American, was undefeated in the sport of MMA when he beat Frank Mir for the interim title. Because of injury to both he and Brock Lesnar, he wouldn’t fight to unify the belts for more than a year later, and subsequently lost the bout. He returned to the octagon a little less than a year later at UFC 131 where he fought Junior dos Santos and dropped a unanimous decision. After the fight, Carwin would have back surgery, and after coaching against Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter he was scheduled to fight Nelson. However, a knee injury would sideline Carwin for good.
Carwin announced via twitter:
Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!!
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