Former UFC interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin has already recovered from a serious neck injury to compete inside the Octagon. Now, the former college wrestling standout will have to overcome another critical injury, this time to his back.
Carwin recently revealed through his blog he will be undergoing back surgery and hopes to return to the UFC in 2012.
“As I ramped up my training for UFC 141, my body locked up during training. It wasn’t like the Brock Lesnar fight, but my back just tightened up and I froze,” Carwin wrote. “I scheduled a MRI and the results showed that my disc in my lower back is into the nerves. My doctor gave me two options; retire, and I could probably go on for a few years without surgery, or I could undergo surgery and continue my career.”
Carwin’s statement about preparing for a December 30 fight acknowledges the UFC was talking with him about a potential bout even though nothing has been mentioned from the organization. The December card features a contendership determining bout between Lesnar and former Strikeforce heavyweight title-holder Alistair Overeem.
For Carwin, the option of surgery, “was easy.”
“I have unfinished business,” Carwin concluded. “The UFC had me lined up to face one of the best in the world and I am confident I have everything I need to be a champion. I am scheduling surgery and I hope to return to the Octagon by spring or summer 2012.”
Carwin has not competed since June where he fell via Unanimous Decision to Junior dos Santos after absorbing a ton of damage throughout the bout.
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