Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar: Big as Polar Bears, yet Polar Opposites

Written by Tom Ngo
April 2nd, 2010

The biggest heavyweight bout in MMA history is scheduled to go down inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when champion Brock Lesnar looks to unify the strap against interim champ Shane Carwin at UFC 116.

Lesnar is the largest specimen to ever dawn Octagon gold, however Carwin isn’t too far behind. Both check-in at over 6 feet 3 inches tall and are among the few elite heavyweights in the world that need to cut down in order to make the 265 pound limit.

Without a doubt, this scrap will be the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history, literally and figuratively.

Although they matchup fairly well physically, that’s where the similarities end between the two title holders.

Carwin is humble and soft-spoken, while Lesnar completely smears the fine line between confident and downright cocky.

After putting Frank Mir to sleep in the 1stRound at UFC 111, Carwin graciously shook his opponent’s hand and thanked everyone that assisted him in achieving the “award of a lifetime,” including his many sponsors that helped finance his dream.

After Lesnar put Mir down in the 2ndRound of their UFC 100 rematch last July, the former WWE superstar put on a classless spectacle that would put Vincent K. McMahon to shame.

During his celebratory run, Lesnar circled back to taunt Mir in his battered face. This enraged fans and caused them to rain a chorus of boos down on the undisputed king, to which he gladly responded with a couple middle fingers.

Lesnar then went on to dis the UFC’s biggest corporate sponsor for not paying him specifically, despite the fact Bud Light’s logo was plastered in the center of the Octagon canvas he was standing on.

Following his victory, Lesnar apologized repeatedly for his childish behavior, however he emerged as MMA’s newest bad boy and most controversial figure. None of that is really bad for him or the UFC because the combo usually equates to big bucks.

With no apologies to be made after this weekend’s victory, Carwin immediately went back to work. No, not in the gym to refine his mixed martial arts game, but in the office where he resumed his post as an engineer.

That’s correct, after capturing the UFC interim heavyweight crown, Carwin made a beeline for his regular 9 to 5 gig.

Can anyone possibly imagine Lesnar ever working a normal office job?

How uncomfortable would it be to walk inside his cubicle and see his wife’s calendar hanging on the wall?

Think about how well Lesnar would react to his boss hounding him about his TPS reports. “Yeah…

This showdown is the ultimate Good Guy vs. Bad Guy battle.

Carwin is such a gentleman that even Lesnar, who has never had issues acquiring ammunition for his opponents, couldn’t come up with a single bad thing to say when he greeted Carwin during his UFC 111 victory speech.

See, Lesnar isn’t a complete villain.

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