Here’s Shane Carwin updating us on how his back is. TL;DR: Shit be fucked, man.
SHANE CARWIN: “You know, right now I’m doing all right. I’ve got to get up early, I’ve got to get up about 3:30 AM in the morning to go have surgery. But it’s T-10 through T-12, so it’s basically the middle of my back. I’ve got a disc that’s pressing into my spinal cord and it’s basically removed all the spinal fluid around the area, so the first time something really happened bad I was doing a seminar and just drilling takedowns and I got taken down and both of my legs froze up and I actually thought I was paralyzed and it lasted about 10 or 15 seconds and I wasn’t able to move. Finally, I was able to recover after that, you know, your spinal cord gets rid of that initial impact. I also noticed that when I started jumping and stuff, I’d get a tremendous amount of pain throughout my legs. So, I’m going to go in and have that done and what they’re going to do is actually drill out the bone in my spine to give that spinal cord some room in there.”
RICH FRANKLIN: “What’s your down time, Shane?”
SHANE CARWIN: “I think I’m probably only looking at about 10 weeks with that, similar to the neck injury that I had. … This is the third time my back’s been operated on.”
“I love to fight and I’m passionate about it and, you know, any time you’re passionate about something and you love to do it it’s easy to go to work and that’s what I love to do. So, the doctor told me that I could either have this surgery and be able to train and do all the things that I need to do be, you know, a complete athlete or we could fore-go the surgery and I could quit, I would be done because I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the athletic moves and stuff like that but probably would be looking at surgery down the road, any way.”
How about … having the surgery that fixes your back. And then not crashing up against other giant heavyweights in training every day so you can then crash up against the biggest, baddest motherfuckers on the planet every couple of months? Just a thought. Don’t get me wrong. I like Shane Carwin. I also like the thought of him walking around when he’s 60.