Shane Carwin is a 6’4″ man who walks around at over 280lbs. He is 11-0 thus far in his MMA career, finishing each fight in the first round for a total of about 13 minutes or so of cage time. He also spends his days working as a full-time engineer in charge of a hydraulic model (don’t ask me). Not only could Carwin smash your head off of your shoulders and then punt it down the block, there’s a good chance he’s also smarter than you. When he talks, it’s a good idea to listen.
Here he is in an interview with Inside Fights on his relationship with top middleweight contender Nate Marquardt:
We can put it like this…. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without Nate Marquardt. I have a purple belt under Nate. Nate’s also responsible for introducing me to Trevor Whittman (current boxing coach) and Christian Allen (current jiu-jitsu coach).
On a potential fight with current champ Brock Lesnar:
I think it’s going to be interesting stylistically because we’re both wrestlers. I would envision that fight taking place on the feet and throwing some big haymakers at each other, some bombs. That sounds like a good time to me.
On who he might fight next if a title shot doesn’t pan out:
Whoever they throw at me. I know Kongo’s up there right now. If they throw that matchup at me to take place I’d be happy with that matchup. Like I said, one rung at a time. Whatever they deem necessary for me to do that then I’ll take care of that.
I’m going to go ahead and predict a Carwin v. Kongo fight for top contender status taking place before the end of the year, most likely at UFC 103 on September 26th as both August cards seem to be all but filled up. The UFC could decide to put Carwin right into a title match simply by marketing his 11-0 record and freakish size, but a victory over Kongo would go a long way in cementing his place as the true number one contender to the belt. On top of that, if Gabe Gonzaga loses to newcomer Chris Tuchscherer in Portland, it will superficially make Carwin’s victory over the Brazilian look less impressive. Carwin vs. Kongo makes the most sense from both a sporting perspective and a business perspective.