|Association||Greg Jackson's MMA|
|Height||6' 3" (191 cm)|
|Reach||80 in. (203.2 cm)|
|Birth Date||January 4, 1975|
|Fighting Out Of||Denver, Colorado|
|Shane Carwin Pictures||Official Website|
Shane "The Engineer" Carwin is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is currently undefeated and holds a notable victory over Gabriel Gonzaga. None of his fights, UFC or otherwise, have made it past the first half of the opening round
|Record||12 - 2 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Junior dos Santos||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin||6/11/2011||3||5:00||UFC Heavyweight Championship Eliminator|
|Loss||Brock Lesnar||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin||7/03/2010||2||2:41||For Unified UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Frank Mir||KO (Punches)||UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy||3/27/2010||1||3:48||Won Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship; Won Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Win||Gabriel Gonzaga||TKO (Punches)||UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine||3/07/2009||1||1:09|
|Win||Neil Wain||TKO (Punches)||UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben||10/18/2008||1||1:31|
|Win||Christian Wellisch||KO (Punch)||UFC 84: Ill Will||5/24/2008||1||0:44||UFC debut|
|Win||Sherman Pendergarst||TKO (Punches)||ROF 31: Undisputed||12/01/2007||1||1:41||Won Ring of Fire Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Rex Richards||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||AOW: Art of War 4||10/27/2007||1||1:24|
|Win||Rick Slaton||KO||ROF 30: Domination||9/15/2007||1||0:49|
|Win||Chris Guillen||Submission||UTS 6: Ultimate Texas Showdown 6||6/24/2006||1||0:29|
|Win||Justice Smith||TKO (Punches)||Extreme Wars 3: Bay Area Brawl||6/03/2006||1||0:31|
|Win||Jay McCown||Submission||UTS 5: Ultimate Texas Showdown 5||4/29/2006||1||1:31|
|Win||Casey Jackson||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Extreme Wars 2: X-1||3/18/2006||1||0:22|
|Win||Carlton Jones||Submission (Punches)||WEC 17: Halloween Fury 4||10/14/2005||1||2:11|
Carwin and his two brothers were raised by his single mother, who had the goal of getting all her sons college educations. He received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines as well as a bachelor's degree Environmental Technology from Western State College. He wrestled in college, becoming a two-time NCAA Division II Wrestling National Runner-Up Heavyweight in 1996-7, and the NCAA II Wrestling Heavyweight National Champion in 1999. He was also a two-time All-American in football. Carwin became an engineer out of college and continues to work in that field while pursuing his MMA career. Carwin is also a volunteer wrestling coach for the University of Northern Colorado.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Carwin began his career as a wrestling partner before entering competition himself. Carwin won his first eight fights by first round stoppage and became the Ring of Fire heavyweight champion before signing with the UFC.
Carwin made his UFC debut on the undercard of UFC 84 against Christian Wellisch. He won the match by KO in 44 seconds in the first round, knocking Wellisch's mouthguard out in the process. Carwin followed up with an appearance at UFC 89 against Neil Wain, winning by TKO in the first round. To date, Carwin has won all of his fights by stoppage in the first round. Also of note is that all of those wins have occured before the midway point(2:30) of the first round.
Carwin made his UFC main card debut at UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine against a former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga. The winner of this bout was believed by some to be the #1 contender in the UFC Heavyweight division, likely facing the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir at UFC 98. Gonzaga seemed to be winning the fight from the beginning, but Carwin countered quite well, landing a powerful right in an exchange that sent Gonzaga to the mat, winning the fight at 1:09 of the first round via TKO (Punches), keeping his undefeated record.
Carwin was then due to face Cain Velasquez at UFC 104, with the winner getting a title shot against Brock Lesnar. However, Velasquez suffered an undisclosed injury and so Carwin has was then named the #1 contender for the UFC Heavyweight title and would face Lesnar at UFC 106, but Lesnar was forced off the card due to severe illness. The fight was not scrapped, just rescheduled for UFC 108, until Lesnar pulled out of that fight on October 26, 2009. Dana White reported at the UFC 105 post-fight press conference that Lesnar was extremely ill, and won't be fighting for a very long time and possibly never again.
It was learned December 15, 2009 that Carwin would possibly fight for a title much sooner than expected, as Carwin had verbally agreed to compete for an Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship against Frank Mir, who was coming off an impressive dismantling of French striker Cheick Kongo. The fight was targeted for UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy, on March 27, 2009. The bout was for the interim title and was finalized on January 2, 2010. The fight lasted only 3:48 into the first round, as Carwin found himself in dominant position in the clinch, delivered a left uppercut that stunned Mir. Carwin sensed the damage he had just inflicted and unleashed 10 more powerful left hands. Mir absorbed a few before collapsing to the canvas and the bout was stopped. Carwin earned the Knockout of the Night Honors for the impressive win.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was at the event, and was brought into the octagon to confront Carwin after he won the Interim title. Lesnar was critical of the interim title, saying it was a fake title and the real title was the one he wore around his waist. The two would face off for the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship on July 3, 2010 at UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin.
On the night of the event, Lesnar secured an early takedown, but Carwin quickly scrambled to his feet, wobbled the champ with an uppercut, and then smothered him with dozens of additional blows to the head and body. On more than one occasion, referee Josh Rosenthal considered halting the bout, but Lesnar survived and waited out the round while in the clinch against the cage. Although bloodied as he entered the second round, Lesnar scored a quick takedown, moved into half mount, and then improved to full mount. Rather than raining down blows, though, Lesnar moved into side control and secured the eventual fight-ending Arm Triangle Choke. The ending to Lesnar's stunning comeback came at the 2:19 mark of the second round, handing Carwin his first career loss.
- "He took that ground and pound like no one else," Carwin said. "I [expletive] tightened up. My hat's off to him. He's a [expletive] champion. I fell down the mountain, but I'll climb back up."
Ranks and Titles
- 2x NCAA Div II Wrestling National Runner-up HWT (1996,1997)
- NCAA II Wrestling National Champion HWT (1999)
- 2x NCAA II All-American in Football
- Ring of Fire Heavyweight Champion
- Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu