The next big thing in the UFC has arrived…
He is a giant among men. He has to cut weight to reach the 265-pound Heavyweight limit (I think the limit is ludicrous). He was a collegiate wrestling champion and he is extremely athletic and explosive for a man of his size.
If he continues to develop his all-around skills, he could well be the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Sorry Pro Wrestling fans, but the individual I am talking about did not hit people with chairs or jump off turnbuckles in his former profession. He does not have a tattoo of a sword on his chest nor has he ever used a wrestling maneuver to knockout a fake shark, but he is the next big thing in the UFC.
It is not Brock Lesnar.
It is Shane Carwin.
...and Brock, he is coming for your title.
Shane Carwin was raised by a single mom. Despite the fact that she was without their father, she still managed to teach him, and his two brothers, the value of hard work and dedication. Her goal was to make sure that all three of her boys graduated college. She succeeded, and then some.
Shane applied to the School of Mines right out of High School, but was unable to get accepted due to a required physics course he was lacking, but Western State College came knocking and Shane answered, bringing his amazing skill set to the Mountaineers.
From what we have seen of Shane so far, one would think that he was a born mixed martial artist. At the very minimum, he could have been throwing John Cena out the ropes at Wrestlemania; Interestingly enough though, it was the NFL that nearly received Shane’s talents.
An absolute monster on the grid-iron, Carwin was a two time All-American as a MLB. Despite coming from a small school, Carwin was predicted to be a fifth-round pick, who, while a project, was expected to succeed at the Pro level.
This excerpt came from CNN/SI’s 1998 Draft Report on Carwin: “He has an excellent motor and seems to play hard on every play. He has some sideline to sideline range and he is tough at the point of attack and is an excellent physical tackler.
At times, he looks a little like a straight-line guy and isn’t always pretty in space. He may be a first and second down MLB on the NFL level that will be called on to stuff the run and possibly contribute on special teams”.
Carwin even prepared for the combine with former-Steelers All-Pro Lineman Alan Feneca (who would be drafted in the first round, No. 26 by Pittsburgh). Unfortunately, his NFL career was not meant to be because just a short time before the combine he injured his back and it effectively derailed his football career.
"It crushed me, because I had given so much of myself to get ready and try to get a job in the NFL," said Carwin.
Every cloud has a silver lining though. That injury sent him back to Western State for one more year where and he became the 1999 NCAA Div-II Heavyweight National Champion.
The skills he developed as a wrestler have been on display from day one, when former UFC fighter and training partner Ron Waterman informed him about an opening in the World Extreme Cagefighting Championships. His first fight would be against Carlton Jones.
Shane must have had a bad case of the fight “jitters”, as Jones lasted longer than any other opponent Shane has faced to this date.
Did I mention that the fight only lasted to 2:11 in the first round? What about the fact that Shane has finished five opponents within one minute, 10 of his opponents within 1:45, and currently stands 11-0, all wins via TKO or submission?
The UFC noticed Shane, and after giving him two “easy” fights in Christian Wellisch and Neil Wain, they threw him to the wolves, pitting him against former No. 1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga. Ask Mirko Filopovich how dangerous Gonzaga is, if he has woken up yet, that is.
Gonzaga came on strong, breaking Shane’s nose and taking him to the ground. Unfortunately for Gabe, his success was short lived; very short lived, like 1:09 seconds short, thanks to those frozen turkeys Shane hides in his gloves.
Ol’ Gabe was playing with Cro Cop in the Emerald Dream while Shane announced to the UFC he was the here and now, and he is.
Shane Carwin, the next big thing in the UFC has arrived, and if his previous 11 bouts are an indicator, he will be wearing Champion Gold in the very near future.