Dana White Talks Shane Carwin's Future and Relationship with Stephan Bonnar

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  UFC fighter Shane Carwin of Denver, Colorado appears on a giant screen at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  The fights will be held in Newark, New Jersey and fans will be able to attend a viewing party at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Following the UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference, Dana White spoke with attending media about a wide variety of topics. While most of the focus was on Ronda Rousey and this weekend's event, there were some notable tidbits about the current happenings with the UFC. 

For those that were not aware, Shane Carwin was forced to pull out his fight with Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale in Las Vegas after suffering a knee injury. They coached opposite of one another on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter on FX. 

The 37-year-old heavyweight was already coming off an extended layoff due to back surgery that kept him out of action for over a year. The latest injury will keep him on the shelf even longer as he attempts to repair his body for one last run. 

The UFC president isn't too sure that the former UFC interim heavyweight champion can bounce back from such an injury.

"I dunno, man. I just talked to him the other day. He's so depressed. He's completely bummed out and depressed and I feel bad for the guy. It's tough to bounce back," White told Bleacher Report. "Especially cause he's not getting any younger and having a major injury like that, it's tough to bounce back from."

Judging from his words and mannerisms, White doesn't see an Octagon return as likely for Carwin, as his body just doesn't seem to be holding up under the rigors of intense training. 

The conversation then switched to Stephan Bonnar, who tested positive for Drostanolone following his UFC 153 bout against Anderson Silva. Bonnar stepped up on short notice to face Silva in order to save the Brazilian event, which suffered numerous injuries at the top of the card. 

It was Bonnar's retirement fight and the second time that he's tested positive for a banned substance during his UFC career. While it's apparent that White is mad that Bonnar was using a performance-enhancing drug (PED), it's pretty clear that the light heavyweight will always have a home in the UFC.

"I have not talked to Bonnar yet. I'm still mad at Bonnar. I'm mad. I'm mad at him. I don't hate him. It's not like I'll never have a relationship with Stephan Bonnar again. He'll always be with the UFC. His fight with Forrest, we're all here because of that. But I'm mad at him. He should have told me."


All quotes attained by Bleacher Report firsthand.