Shane Carwin | Sherdog.com
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane
Carwin has agreed to make his Octagon return in June.
In a blog post on his official website, Carwin on Tuesday revealed
that he “rapidly accepted” an offer to fight at UFC 131, an
event expected to take place on June 11 at Rogers Arena in
“As of this blog no opponent has been mentioned,” Carwin wrote.
The 36-year-old mechanical engineer also stated that he had agreed
to a match with “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 winner Roy Nelson at
130 on May 28. Carwin said that he was told the bout was “90% a
go” before the UFC decided to go “a different direction” for
Nelson, who is now rumored to face former champion Frank Mir at
Carwin, who began his career with 12 straight first-round finishes,
has not competed since suffering the first loss of his career to
Lesnar last July at UFC
116. After nearly finishing then-champion Lesnar in the first
round of the title unification bout, Carwin tired and was submitted
via arm-triangle choke in the second period.
“I am training hard and working on fixing the issues I ran into
during the Lesnar fight,” wrote Carwin in the same post.
In August, Carwin’s name was reportedly included in a list of
professional athletes who had received shipments in 2006 from J.
Michael Bennett, an Alabama pharmacist convicted of participating
in a nationwide anabolic steroid ring. Carwin has not tested
positive for steroids or any banned substance in his MMA
Originally slated to face Nelson at UFC
125 on New Year’s Day, Carwin withdrew from that bout due to
back pain. In November, Carwin underwent successful surgery to
relieve pressure from his C5, 6 and 7 vertebrae.