Less than two weeks after officially announcing Shane Carwin would co-headline UFC 125 opposite Roy Nelson, it appears the former interim heavyweight champ has sustained a severe back injury and will be forced to pull out of his New Year’s Day date with “Big Country.”
“I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson,” Carwin posted Tuesday morning. “As many of you know, I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery.
“If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action.”
Carwin was looking to bounce back from his 2ndRound submission loss to then champion 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 arm-triangle choke to unify the 265-pound crown.
He was later diagnosed with lactic acidosis, which is pretty much a fancy term for running out of gas. That’s why his body seized up in the second stanza, a feeling in which he described as a “body cramp.”
“I was really looking forward to fighting again, and obviously this is a very disappointing turn of events,” Carwin added. “My manager said, ‘You can’t fight the best fighters in the world with just heart, it is time to stop limping to the top of the mountain and get healthy so you can claim it on your terms.’
“In the end, my family and manager are right. I owe myself, I owe my fans the best show I can give them. I need to get healthy. I am going to be speaking with the surgeon this week about the surgery. My thoughts are, if the surgery fixes it, why add 8-12 weeks of physical therapy, epidurals and traction if surgery may still be needed?”
While this kind of news might devastate most fighters, Carwin appears to have comfortably come to terms with the decision. In fact, he even cracked on himself in regards to his last performance against Lesnar.
“This type of thing is MMA. We sacrifice our minds and bodies on our own time and our own dimes to prepare for battle, in hopes that we get the call for battle. In that process, things can go wrong and if we don’t compete we don’t get paid. The time, money and sacrifices are lost and your opportunity might pass you by. Some fighters choose to fight injured as the risk is worth any part of the reward they may receive.
“The good news is the doctors said I can work on my cardio (they must have seen my last fight lol) with this injury.”
No word on who might be Nelson’s new New Year’s Day date, or if he’ll remain on the card all together.