The Carwin Nation have spoken and are demanding to see their man back in action, STAT. It appears the former UFC heavyweight interim champ feels the same way, as Shane Carwin posted on his official website Tuesday morning that fireworks could be flying come New Year’s Day.
“I have been back in the gym for some time helping my team wherever I can. I am expecting to fight again around the New Year. I have a lot to prove and I hope the UFC finds me a worthy opponent. I want to be tested, I want a complete war,” Carwin wrote.
“I have been spending a lot of time with John Chamberg and have committed to following his crazy strength and conditioning routines. I can barely walk when we are done working out so I guess that is a good sign. I want to be in the best shape of my life for this next fight. I need to show the world of MMA that I have a place on top of the mountain.”
Carwin was last seen getting submitted by reigning king Brock Lesnar at UFC 116. Although he had the former WWE superstar on the brink of defeat, Lesnar managed to survive the early onslaught to secure an impressive 2ndRound arm-triangle choke submission to unify the heavyweight crown. Although he owns a practically perfect 12-1 record and recently donned Octagon gold, Carwin’s fully prepared to climb his way back up the totem pole.
“We are working hard to show that I can be a worthy challenger to the throne,” Carwin stated. “In the mean time I need to pay my dues, fight the fights given to me and show that I belong.”
The charismatic slugger has been quiet since being linked to a steroid distributor this past August. Reportedly, Carwin’s name appeared on a list of 22 athletes that allegedly obtained PED’s from J. Michael Bennett, the supervising pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services. Bennett was recently sentenced to four years in prison for his participation in a nationwide conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.
Unfortunately, Carwin was given the gag order by his counsel and hasn’t been able to formally address the controversy. However, he has expressed his undying desire to clear his name.
FYI – Carwin has never failed a drug screening during his five-year professional career. Currently, no legal action has been taken against the 265-pounder.