Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin has been inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Carwin holds Western State College records in career falls and season falls. He was also a three-time RMAC, Regional and Colorado Collegiate champion, in addition to being the 285-pound national champ in 1999.
“I love the sport of wrestling and it continues to love me back,” Carwin posted on his official blog. “I am honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wrestling is one of the greatest sports in the world.
“Thank you to MMA for giving us a home to continue our competitive ways.”
Carwin graduated from Western State with a degree in environmental technology in 1999 and parlayed that into a second degree from Colorado Mines in 2004 in mechanical engineering. In addition to his responsibilities inside the Octagon, Carwin also maintains a full-time gig as an engineer with the North Weld County Water District.
Carwin holds a dominant 12-1 MMA record, with his only blemish coming in a heavyweight title unification bout with Brock Lesnar at UFC 116. Speaking of the former WWE star, Lesnar previously questioned Carwin’s wrestling resume because it was of the Division II variety.
Well, if you have to go the D-II route, might as well be one of the best to ever grace the canvas.