UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin announced late Tuesday night on Twitter that he has decided to walk away from mixed martial arts. He officially announced his retirement after a nearly two year layoff.
Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!!
— Shane Carwin (@ShaneCarwin) May 8, 2013
Carwin was a fan favorite who began his career with a 12-0 record, with all wins by way of stoppage. He was able to score a knockout over Frank Mir to earn the UFC interim heavyweight championship, which earned him a shot at then champion Brock Lesnar.
Unfortunately for Carwin, he came close to unifying the title and becoming the undisputed champ, but Lesnar was able to recover and dominate Carwin to retain his title. Following the loss to Lesnar, Carwin was bloodied and battered in a lop-sided decision loss to future champion Junior Dos Santos. That was the last time we would see Carwin in the cage.
Carwin spend nearly the next two years recovering from back surgery and then was supposed to face off against Roy Nelson after a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but he suffered a serious knee injury that ultimately led him to the decision to hang up the gloves for good.
He may end his career on a two-fight losing streak, but Carwin will always be remembered as a tough, gritty fighter that always put on a show for the fans.