Shane Carwin: What Next?

Jesse EricksonContributor IJuly 18, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  UFC fighter Shane Carwin (pictured) weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Frank Mir for their Interim Championship Heavyweight fight at UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy Weigh-In on March 26, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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After dominating Brock Lesnar in the first round and nearly securing a first round TKO, Carwin gassed badly and was submitted in the second round, raising huge questions about his cardio and conditioning, while legitimizing his amazing power and technique.

But with Brock Lesnar fighting Cain Velasquez next, and with the winner of Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson getting the next title shot, any chance of a rematch for Shane Carwin seems at least a fight or maybe many fights away. In the meantime, where should he go from here?

A great fight for Carwin would be against Jon Madsen, who is undefeated in MMA and a top level wrestler as well as one of the training partners of Brock Lesnar. Every Madsen fight in UFC has gone the distance, so it'd be a GREAT test fight for Carwin to see if he's learned from his previous experience and fixed his conditioning issues. It could be a great bounce back for Carwin to prove his validity for another title shot, or it'd be a great launching point for Madsen's contendership.

Madsen is 6-0 in MMA, and 3-0 in UFC. All three fights were three-round fights, and it seems like about time to give him a fight against a high-level competitor. With team Lesnar being 1-1 with team Carwin (Brendan Schaub beating Chris Tuscherer the same night Lesnar beat Carwin), there could be a good build for Shane Carwin vs. Madsen, a rivalry with huge implications at stake.

Oher possible interesting fights for Carwin could include Carwin vs Mirko “Cro Cop,” or Ben Rothwell while we wait for other top fighters to become available.