Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin, who’s previously flirted with the idea of an MMA return, is apparently interested again.
Carwin, 42, hasn’t fought since back-to-back losses to then-UFC champ Brock Lesnar (title loss) and Junior Dos Santos (in a title-eliminator) in 2011.
Carwin actually had first mentioned the possibility of entering the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, which will crown a heavyweight champion, on Reddit, where he’s an active user.
“Nope, I am putting 10K on TBA and I am trying to become TBA.
edit: So shit, management says I can bet on TBA but not be TBA. Or I can be TBA and not bet on the event. I have been put on time out.”
However, Carwin isn’t the only vet to express interest in a reserve or injury-replacement spot in the tourney, which is a year-long affair that takes place over multiple events. As we reported on Monday, light heavyweight Linton Vassell (18-6 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) and even welterweight Rory MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMA) are also interested.
However, in a tourney that currently features four true heavyweights (Matt Mitrione, Fedor Emelianenko, Roy Nelson and Frank Mir) and four 205-pounders (Ryan Bader, Muhammad Lawal, Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson), Carwin would bring some noticeable size to the field.
Carwin, a former collegiate wrestler and football player, was tapped for a 2016 return to MMA with Rizin FF, but he ultimately had to pull out due to personal issues.
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