Since the news was broken that Brock Lesnar would not be able to compete at UFC 106, UFC 108 or potentially never again, the UFC has been trying to figure out what was best to do about the situation. Whether they create another UFC Heavyweight interim championship or whether not they would be stripping the ill Brock Lesnars title. Either way Shane Carwin is patiently waiting as the UFC figures out what to do with the No. 1 contender. Shane Carwin recently sat down with Bleacher Report to clear the air on how he feels about Brock, an interim title as well as the number one ranked Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
Shane first wanted to clear the air about MMA fan rumors about how healthy Brock actually is, as well if Brock was trying to “duck” a man his same size.
“I certainly think that Brock gives the fans plenty to pick at when he’s healthy and able to defend himself. Here is a guy who is not only sick that he cant fight, but he may never fight again. He has spent a lot of his life being a professional athlete, and then all of a sudden he is at risk of loosing his ability to compete. I felt compelled to make sure that people knew I didn’t feel that Brock was “ducking me” or any of the other crazy things that were being said. Brock is a warrior and I don’t see him ducking anyone.”
After clearing the air about the whole Brock Lesnar situation, another question that many people are wondering is when Shane Carwin was going to fight again knowing that Brock Lesnar will be on the shelf for at least 6 months.
“I just need a full camp. I was asked to fight in Australia, but the day we were supposed to leave is the same day my wife is due to give birth. I am hoping to fight in March but I have no control over that.”
When asked who he was supposed to fight, he explained that he was offered an interim title shot against none other than Cain Velasquez. Because Shane is expecting a baby soon, he decided that an interim title shot is not as important aswell as having some choice words for an interim title.
“Titles are not important to me. The interim title is second place with a medal. I am already in that spot (No.1 contender spot), and I don’t mind fighting to protect my spot, but I don’t need a glorified trophy to do it. The Champion is Brock, and he has the only belt that should matter to any fighter in the Heavyweight division”
“I don’t want to be a glorified contender. I want to be the guy that went in and fought the best guy in our division for the most prestigious prize in our sport. Until then, I am just another UFC Heavyweight at he top of the division waiting for a fight.”
As the interview was coming to a close, Bleacher Report wanted to ask Shane if he was disappointed with Fedor Emelianenko signing with Strikeforce and not the UFC.
“Only because I would like to fight the guy. He is one of the best pound for pounders in the world and as a Heavyweight, he is the standard. If you were a true competitor, you would want to face Fedor and test yourself against one of the greatest fighters of all time. Fedor could technically be considered undefeated: he has 30 fights and will go down as one of the legends in our sport.”
Shane was then asked about how he felt about Strikeforce.
“Strikeforce has a huge viewing audience and they are willing to co-promote with M1. I suspect CBS will realize what they have in Fedor and will increase their marketing of him and Strikeforce.”
While Shane sits on the sidelines waiting to hear who is next, it is said that a bout between Minotauro and Cain Velasquez at UFC 110 in Australia will not be an interim title match (like Minotauro has been asking for). It seems that the UFC is waiting for Carwin to get his shot and apparently if Lesnar is not ready in time and is stripped of his title then Shane Carwin will be fighting the winner between Minotauro and Velasquez for either the UFC Heavyweight Championship or the UFC Heavyweight interim Championship. Until then, lets wish Brock Lesnar all the best as well as a speedy recovery.
(For a follow-up to this article, you can check it out here https://thatmmaguy.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/shane-carwin-out-of-limbo/ .)