Shane Carwin was not available for comment during Saturday night’s UFC 116 post-fight press conference because the former interim heavyweight title holder was rushed to a local hospital to have his Brock Lesnar-inflicted “injuries” checked out.
Despite threatening a southpaw attack to bolster his shots, Lesnar opted to stand toe-to-toe with Carwin and was almost put out to pasture for his troubles. To the surprise of everyone inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lesnar was able to survive the early onslaught and extend Carwin past five minutes.
It was a feat all 12 of Carwin’s past victims weren’t able to accomplish. Although, that minor win was just the tip of the iceberg.
Despite entering the 2ndRound with a bloodied and battered face, the former Division I All-American put Carwin on his back and landed in half-guard. In another dramatic turn, Lesnar opted to pass on securing a dominant full-mount position. Instead, the Brazilian jiu jitsu wizard took side-mount in order to end their heavyweight unification bout with an arm-triangle choke.
Although he was able to briefly address the world with an Octagon-interview with Joe Rogan immediately following the submission loss, the engineer wanted to make sure his fans know he’ll be back and badder than ever.
Here is what Carwin had to say after posting the first defeat in his professional career, courtesy of Shane-Carwin.com:
“I appreciate the outpouring of support and everyone who showed up at The Foundation Room last night after the fight. You guys know how to make a man feel like a winner even on his lowest of days. I really do want to thank #TeamCarwin. You guys pushed me up this mountain and many of you have been with me for a long time. I will need your help to climb back to the top so I appreciate you standing by me.
The game plan last night was to be patient and let the fight come to you. When I had him in trouble the ref keep saying he was going to stop it and then towards the end of the 1st my body began to seize up. In between rounds I could not move my legs and had what felt like a whole body cramp. My cardio was fine but my body was not. What can you do? You have to stand up and face your opponent.
Heading into the second I knew I need to finish the fight or I was going to be in trouble. Much like the Champion he is I am sure Brock was thinking the same thing. I had zero take down defense as my legs were dead to me and the rest is as they say history.
Brock was a good guy through this entire fight. He did not talk a bunch of smack and he fought like a warrior. He did what he needed to do to keep his belt and that is what being a Champion is all about. I am going to have to claw my way back to the top but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I know I belong with the very best; all I need to do is prove it again.
Loosing is what happens on the way to winning. I will be back and better from the lessons learned in this fight.
Thank you to my Coaches, Sponsors, Manager, Family, Friends and Fans.