Shane Carwin

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Shane Carwin
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Born Shane Bannister Carwin
(1975-01-04) January 4, 1975 (age 41)
Greeley, Colorado, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Weight 254 lb (115 kg; 18 st 2 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado, United States
Team Grudge Training Center
Jackson's Submission Fighting[2]
Trainer Greg Jackson, Trevor Wittman
Rank purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Wrestling NCAA Division II Champion
Years active 2005–2013 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 12
By knockout 7
By submission 5
Losses 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Occupation Engineer[3]
University Colorado School of Mines
Western State College of Colorado
Spouse Lani
Notable school(s) Greeley West High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 20, 2011

Shane Bannister Carwin[4] (born January 4, 1975) is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion. Many consider him as one of the hardest punchers in the history of the sport. All of his victories ended in the first round.


Carwin and his two brothers were raised by his mother, who had the goal of getting all her sons college educations. He started wrestling when he was 6 years old. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines as well as a bachelor's degree in environmental technology from Western State College.[5]

Carwin wrestled in college, becoming a two-time NCAA Division II Wrestling National Runner-Up as a Heavyweight in 1996–97 and the NCAA II Wrestling Heavyweight National Champion in 1999. He was also a two-time All-American in football for Western State and was chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl.

Carwin became an engineer out of college and continued to work in that field whilst pursuing his MMA career.[6] Carwin is also a volunteer wrestling coach for the University of Northern Colorado.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Carwin made his professional debut at WEC 17, winning his first eight fights by first round stoppage and became the Ring of Fire Heavyweight Champion before signing with the UFC.

UFC career[edit]

Carwin made his UFC debut on the undercard of UFC 84 against Christian Wellisch. He won the match via one punch knockout 44 seconds into the first round, demonstrating his punching power by sending Wellisch's mouthpiece flying across the octagon.

Carwin followed up with an appearance in Birmingham, England at UFC 89 against Neil Wain, winning another one sided fight via TKO at 1:31 of the first round.

At UFC 96, Carwin took a major step up in competition when he faced former number one contender and renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Gabriel Gonzaga. After being stunned by an uppercut, Carwin knocked Gonzaga unconscious with a short straight right hand after 69 seconds of the first round.

Carwin was then set to face fellow undefeated Heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez at UFC 104, with the winner getting a title shot against then-champion Brock Lesnar;[7] however, the UFC reconsidered the bout and Carwin was confirmed to fight for the title at UFC 106 on November 21, 2009.[8] The fight was later postponed after Lesnar pulled out due to illness, with UFC 108 a likely date. Lesnar then pulled out of that fight on October 26, and Dana White reported at the UFC 105 post-fight press conference that Lesnar was too ill to compete[9] and was expected to be out for the first half of 2010 while recovering from an intestinal disorder and subsequent surgery.[10][11]

Carwin fought former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111.[12] Carwin stated on his website that, "Mir is a legend of the sport, and I would be honored to fight him."[13] Early in the first round Carwin dropped Mir with multiple uppercuts from the clinch, Carwin then followed Mir to the ground and took back mount and rained down heavy punches on Mir's head thus winning the fight via knockout to become the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion. The bout also marked the longest fight of Carwin's career at three minutes and 48 seconds; his previous mark was his MMA debut against Carlton Jones, with the time of 2 minutes and 11 seconds.[14] Following UFC 111, Beau Dure of USA Today compared Carwin to Mike Tyson,[15] echoing a similar comparison, made prior to the event, by Mark Wayne of[16]

Carwin then went on to face Brock Lesnar for the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 116. He dominated the first round, knocking Lesnar down and unleashing a relentless ground and pound attack to a visibly stunned Lesnar. However, in the second round, Lesnar took an exhausted Carwin down and applied an arm-triangle choke, forcing Carwin to submit.

Carwin was scheduled to face former IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125;[17][18] however, he later announced on his website that he would pull out of the fight due to back and neck pain, which required surgery that took place on November 2, 2010. Carwin later stated that the neck surgery was a success.[19]

On January 3, 2011, Carwin posted a blog entry on his website, stating that he had just begun his first day of training since his neck surgery, hoping to be back in the octagon by May or June 2011.[20]

Shane Carwin was defeated by Junior dos Santos by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 131.

Carwin was expected to face promotional newcomer Jon Olav Einemo on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[21] But another bout with diverticulitis sidelined Brock Lesnar, so Carwin agreed to step in to the main event to fight Junior dos Santos.[22] At UFC 131, Carwin was defeated by Dos Santos via unanimous decision. This was the first fight in Carwin's career to ever go to a decision.

On September 9, 2011, Carwin posted a blog entry on his website that he is 100% healthy from his fight with Dos Santos and looking to return to the octagon in late December or early January.[23]

On October 16, 2011 it was revealed that Carwin would need back surgery. He was expected to be out until mid-2012.[24] However his recovery took longer than expected and he was targeting a return to fighting that fall.[25]

On Thursday July 12, 2012, Dana White announced that Carwin and Roy Nelson had been picked as the next coaches for the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter and were expected to face each other on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.[26] However, on November 14th, 2012, Dana White revealed on Twitter that Carwin injured his knee and will not be facing Nelson in the TUF finale. [27]

On May 7, 2013, Carwin announced his retirement from MMA after enduring several injuries since his last fight on June 11, 2011.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Carwin is married and has a son from a previous marriage.[29][30] The couple have a daughter named Alexia, born on February 24, 2010.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–2 Junior dos Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada UFC Heavyweight title eliminator
Loss 12–1 Brock Lesnar Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 2 2:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the Unified UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–0 Frank Mir KO (punches) UFC 111 March 27, 2010 1 3:48 Newark, New Jersey, United States Won the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.
Win 11–0 Gabriel Gonzaga KO (punch) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 1 1:09 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 10–0 Neil Wain TKO (punches) UFC 89 October 18, 2008 1 1:31 Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Win 9–0 Christian Wellisch KO (punch) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 1 0:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Sherman Pendergarst TKO (punches) ROF 31: Undisputed December 1, 2007 1 1:41 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Won Ring of Fire Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Rex Richards Submission (standing guillotine choke) Art of War 4 October 27, 2007 1 1:24 Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 6–0 Rick Slaton KO (punch) ROF 30: Domination September 15, 2007 1 0:49 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 5–0 Chris Guillen Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Texas Showdown 6 June 24, 2006 1 0:29 Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Justice Smith TKO (punches) Extreme Wars 3: Bay Area Brawl June 3, 2006 1 0:31 Oakland, California, United States
Win 3–0 Jay McCown Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Texas Showdown 5 April 29, 2006 1 1:31 Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Casey Jackson Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Wars 2: X-1 March 18, 2006 1 0:22 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Carlton Jones Submission (punches) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 1 2:11 Lemoore, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shane Carwin". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Matt Freeman, Shane Carwin: Engineering Greatness. (2010-03-18). Retrieved on 2012-06-13.
  3. ^ "Shane Carwin: Full-Time Engineer, Undefeated UFC Heavyweight – MMA Fighting". Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  4. ^ MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS. DATE: May 24, 2008 LOCATION: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. State Of Nevada. Retrieved on 2012-06-13.
  5. ^ "SHANE CARWIN UFC 96 FIGHT BLOG (PART 1)". 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  6. ^ – Shane Carwin. Retrieved on 2012-06-13.
  7. ^ Tim Ngo, Rising Heavyweight Shane Carwin & Cain Velasquez Will Fight. (2009-07-01).
  8. ^ "Lesnar-Carwin to Headline UFC 106". Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  9. ^ "MMA – Major UFC News: Brock Lesnar Having Major Health Issues, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Out Of UFC 108, More". Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  10. ^ "Brock Lesnar's MMA Career Could Be Done: UFC Future Decided Next Week". Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Brock Lesnar Likely Out All of 2010 With "More Problems"". Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  12. ^ "Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir set for interim title; UFC 111 official for March". Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  13. ^ "Shane Carwin would happily fight fellow UFC heavyweight contender Frank Mir". 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  14. ^ "UFC 111 Results & Live Play-by-Play". 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  15. ^ Dure, Beau (July 1, 2010). "Interim UFC champ Carwin gets his point across through Twitter". USA Today. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ Wayne, Mark (March 14, 2010). "Shane Carwin Says Bout With Frank Mir Will Be 'A Fight To Remember'". Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ "UFC Eyeing Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson on Jan. 1". Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  18. ^ "UFC 125 official for Jan. 1 with Edgar-Maynard, Carwin-Nelson co-headliners". October 14, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Shane Carwin pulls out of Roy Nelson fight". 
  20. ^ Shane Carwin, Training Again. January 3, 2011
  21. ^ "Shane Carwin meets newcomer Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131". Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  22. ^ "Shane Carwin Quickly Accepts Opportunity to Put Himself Back in Title Contention". 2011-05-12. 
  23. ^ Returning to Action Archived from the original on February 10, 2014
  24. ^ Wilcox, Nate. (2011-10-16) Shane Carwin to Undergo Back Surgery, Out Until Mid-2012. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved on 2012-06-13.
  25. ^ "Shane Carwin Cleared for Contact, Targeting Return Fight in Early Fall". 2012-05-30. 
  26. ^ "TUF 16 Finale, not UFC on FX 6, slated for Dec. 15 in Las Vegas". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Shane Carwin injures knee, forced out of TUF 16 Finale against Roy Nelson". November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  28. ^ Staff (May 7, 2013). "Former UFC interim champ Shane Carwin announces retirement from MMA". 
  29. ^ "The Nicest Monster You'll Ever Meet". 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  30. ^ "UFC Heavyweight Profile: Shane Carwin – PRO MMA exclusive interview (part 2)". 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  31. ^ "Who Moved The Furniture?". 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  32. ^ "Shane Carwin inducted into NCAA Div II Wrestling Hall of Fame". February 25, 2011. 

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Title last held by
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4th UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
March 27, 2010 – July 3, 2010
Lost unification bout against Brock Lesnar