Shane Carwin: I Have Everything to Gain From Fighting Junior dos Santos

Written by Tom Ngo
May 12th, 2011

UFC Heavyweight Champ Shane Carwin

Shortly after Brock Lesnar shocked the MMA world with another announcement that diverticulitis would temporarily derail his mixed martial arts career, Shane Carwin wanted to wish his former adversary all the best in his recovery. Lesnar’s UFC 131 replacement also discussed his decision to take on a beast like Junior dos Santos on exactly 30-days notice.

Here is what the former UFC interim champ posted on his Official Blog just moments ago:

“I was training and my phone was blowing up so I looked over and saw some missed calls from Dana and Joe Silva. I reached out to my manager to see what was going on and he informed me that we are taking Lesnar’s spot for 131.

Junior is a serious fight and not the type of fight that you would normally take on a 30 day notice but I have a dream to chase and I do not have a lot of time to chase it. This is an opportunity to put myself in contention for the title. I know my Coaches will have me ready so I have everything to gain.

My manager said “This is where you belong” and I am going to make sure I do everything I can to prove him right.

Please help make UFC 131 one of the biggest cards in the year.

I hope Brock is able to recover. I look forward to facing him again one day.


UFC 131 takes place June 11th inside the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. Carwin and 2Santos will headline the pay-per-view broadcast, with the victor advancing to challenge Cain Velasquez for his freshly minted title.

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