While it’s difficult for most competitors to accept defeat, it’s nearly impossible for them to blame themselves for such an atrocity. In steps former UFC interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin, who took a hard look in the mirror after his loss to Brock Lesnar and instantly realized he was staring directly at the man to blame.
“I’m not making any excuses for that fight. Brock won that fight. He came out of a 1stRound that I don’t think many people could, and if I want to blame anybody on that fight it’s me,” Carwin told MMAWeekly.com.
Although Carwin was handed his first professional blemish at UFC 116, he nearly ended the scrap in the opening stanza with a vicious barrage of bombs that had some inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena screaming for a stoppage.
“Josh is a great ref. I don’t have any ill will towards any ref. They have the hardest job in there when you sit back and you try to think about putting yourself in their shoes and try to determine if a fighter can’t carry on, or is intelligently defending himself,” said Carwin. “Everyone is different in how they defend in those positions. It’s a very tough job, and I have a lot of respect for all the refs that are out there.”
Some MMA purists questioned Rosenthal’s credentials when he was awarded the blockbuster match-up, especially with Herb Dean – who has been dubbed by UFC president Dana White as “The best referee in the business” – sitting inches away. Carwin, on the other hand, has taken the high road by professing the third person inside the Octagon shouldn’t have even mattered.
“One sure fire way to finish a fight is to knock him out and Rosenthal wouldn’t have to make a decision,” Carwin matter-of-factly stated.
Shane owns the biggest mitts in the UFC and every finger attached to them are pointing directly at his own massive 265-pound frame. Did we really expect anything less from the classy Carwin?