Shane Carwin at UFC 116

Shane Carwin at UFC 116

It will have been nearly a year out of action when Shane Carwin steps foot back in the Octagon at UFC 131 in Vancouver on Saturday night. Originally slated to fight a UFC newcomer, he is instead propelled into the main event to square off with number one heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos.

Carwin stepped in to face dos Santos when Brock Lesnar had to withdraw from the fight due to another bout with diverticulitis that required surgery.

It’s a big shift on just a couple weeks of notice, but a challenge that Carwin is happy to undertake. In fact, despite the magnitude of the fight, training for the fight didn’t undergo dramatic changes.

“The camp has stayed the same, it’s just the strategy has probably changed a little bit,” he told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive one-on-one interview little more than a week before fight time.

A victory slots Carwin right back into the title picture with a shot against current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who should return to fighting sometime this fall.

Carwin was originally slated to return much sooner than this, but recurring issues with his back and neck finally nudged him into corrective surgery. That coupled with a new diet and training regimen left Carwin much lighter than he was before, something that he’s excited about.

“It’s done wonders for me,” he reflected, particularly pointing to his mostly organic diet. “Honestly, it was probably the best thing that’s happened to me; it’s a lifelong change too.”

Carwin says the strength is there, the explosiveness has ramped up, and he’s ready to step in the Octagon with Junior dos Santos at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Joseph Duffy would rather stay true to self, test free agency than sign proposed UFC deal

  • 28 days ago
  • 65 views

UFC lightweight Joseph Duffy has been feeling the full brunt of a frigid Montreal January.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Holly Holm Feeling a Whole Different Set of Nerves than Ronda Rousey Fight (UFC 208 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

Holly Holm talks about how different her nervousness is for UFC 208 as opposed to her fight with Ronda Rousey, and taking inspiration from the Super Bowl. read news >>

Twitter Mailbag: Once more with feeling, Fedor; plus GSP's UFC return and more

  • 11 days ago
  • 10 views

Is Fedor Emelianenko the biggest “diva” in MMA history? Should Germaine de Randamie set her sights on the Invicta featherweight champ? Could Derrick Lewis be headed for a showdown with Francis Nganno read news >>

Germaine de Randamie Responds to Holly Holm's Dirty Punch Claims at UFC 208

  • 11 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC fighter Holly Holm claimed in her post-fight press conference that Germaine de Randamie intentionally hit her after the bell following both the second and third rounds during their matchup at UFC read news >>

UFC and USADA Reveal Changes to Anti-Doping Policy | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC and USADA on Thursday revealed changes to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which includes a lengthier requirement for fighters returning from retirement. read news >>

Ex-champ Johny Hendricks promises rebirth of fallen career at UFC Fight Night 105

  • 11 days ago
  • 8 views

HALIFAX – Johny Hendricks has a pep in his step that he said has been absent for several years as he approaches Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 105 showdown with Hector Lombard.Filed under: Featured Videos, read news >>

Cody Garbrandt, TJ Dillashaw Already Throwing Jabs for Upcoming UFC Title Fight

  • 11 days ago
  • 26 views

One of Conor McGregor's most famous "Mystic Mac" predictions was an ugly divorce between Urijah Faber and "snake in the grass" TJ Dillashaw in 2015. While his prediction wasn't completely correct, th read news >>

Derrick Lewis not backing down from comments on UFC Fight Night 105 opponent Travis Browne

  • 11 days ago
  • 100 views

HALIFAX — Derrick Lewis has made it clear he’s not a fan of what Travis Browne represents outside of the octagon. However, Lewis said Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 105 showdown with “Hapa” is far from per read news >>

USADA, UFC reveal significant changes to anti-doping policy

  • 11 days ago
  • 9 views

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which partners with the UFC, has revised its anti-doping rules, addressing several issues that arose in high-profile cases.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Bibulatov and Poberezhets enter Octagon this spring

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC's Spring 2017 season will be a busy one, and in two bouts made official on Thursday, two European newcomers will attempt to carve out their place in highly-competitive weight classes. read news >>