Fights for Shane Carwin To Take When He Returns

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Fights for Shane Carwin To Take When He Returns
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Slightly more than a year ago, Shane Carwin came extremely close to defeating Brock Lesnar, which would have made him the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.

Now, simply recognized by most as a fighter who has lost two straight bouts, Carwin's career is surrounded by question marks. To add difficulty to Carwin's situation, a back injury is expected to keep the 36-year-old out of commission until well after his 37th birthday.

Once Carwin makes his return, which is expected to come in mid-2012, there will be little room for error if the mammoth heavyweight wants to make another run at the belt. With that in mind, here are a few opponents who could help put Carwin back on track to contend for the title.

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