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Shane Carwin medically cleared, wants to fight this fall

It’s been almost a year since fans last saw Shane Carwin compete inside the Octagon with his last appearance involving a defeat to Junior dos Santos this past June. Since then Carwin has been forced to undergo back surgery, nearly ending his career prematurely at 37-years old.

Now, the ex-NCAA Div. II national wrestling champion has been cleared to resume full contact training, and Carwin wasted little time in attempting to schedule his return to the ring.

“I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in early fall 2012,” wrote Carwin on his own personal website. “I would like to be able to fight every three or four months. Barring injury I intend to leave the UFC Octagon and head back to the Grudge Training Center to continue the climb.”

Carwin (12-2) added, “I am 100% and I feel like a younger version of my former self. The UFC should look into adding some padding in the gloves because I plan on crushing my opponents.”

Since making his UFC debut in 2008, Carwin has earned four first round knockout victories. However, he has since dropped his last two fights with the stumbles coming to Dos Santos and Brock Lesnar.