will fight no more, as the former UFC interim
heavyweight champion Tuesday announced his retirement.
“Officially retired [today],” Carwin wrote on his Twitter feed.
“Thank you to my family, friends and fans! Dream big. God
Carwin has battled injuries over the last two years and has not
competed since June 2011, when he was outpointed by Junior dos
Santos in a one-sided showdown at UFC 131. The heavyweight
underwent back surgery following his loss to “Cigano” and was
selected the following year to host “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
13 opposite Roy Nelson.
However, that pairing was not to be, as Carwin suffered a knee
injury that knocked him out of the show’s live finale.
Known for his elite punching power, Carwin began his pro career in
impressive fashion, knocking out his first 12 opponents inside the
first round. The 38-year-old made his Octagon debut in 2008 and
rattled off three victories before stopping Frank Mir to
win the UFC interim heavyweight championship at UFC 111.
Carwin then nearly became the undisputed champion in July 2010
after dropping Brock
Lesnar in the first round of their UFC 116 conflict. However,
Lesnar managed to survive an onslaught of ground-and-pound and
submitted a fatigued Carwin in the second round, ending his bid to
become undisputed champion. Carwin now retires with a career record
of 12-2, earning seven of his victories by knockouts and five via
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