Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin has not been in the UFC octagon since June of last year when he was defeated by Junior dos Santos.
Carwin (12-2) is one of the coaches on this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” and will fight Roy Nelson at the live finale on December 15th from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
He appeared on this week’s edition of “Inside MMA” on AXS TV and talked about his injury and he is working his way back to full health and will be ready to take on Nelson in December.
“There is some partially torn ligaments and tendons,” Carwin said. “I’m pretty positive in my strength and conditioning coach and I have faith in them getting me back to full health.”
Many fighters do not like to disclose an injury before a fight, but Carwin decided to do this a couple of weeks ago and he hopes that Nelson comes after his knee in the fight.
“I would have never ever let this stuff get out or anything. It doesn’t matter to me what they know or what he knows. If my shoulder is hurt or my knee is hurt. I’m going to go out there and fight and if he goes for my knee, good for him. I hope he does because I will knock him out then.”
Carwin is currently on a two fight losing streak and the losses have come against former champion Brock Lesnar and current champion Junior dos Santos. If he is defeated by Nelson, he could end up being released from the company, but he is not worried about that because he has a day time job.