Shane Carwin was one of the most dominant heavyweights in the UFC from his 2008 debut to his world title win against Frank Mir in 2010.
Carwin was one of the division's heaviest hitters and had a solid all around style. Carwin burst into the UFC after going 8-0 in regional promotions. Not only did he bring in a perfect record, all eight bouts he finished in the first round and his UFC debut was no different. Carwin defeated Christian Wellisch by TKO forty-four seconds into the first round.
Carwin would continue his first round finish streak by defeating Neil Wain, Gabriel Gonzaga, and then Frank Mir all by TKO. The win over Mir earned Carwin the title of UFC heavyweight champion.
Unfortunately for Carwin, he would lose the title in his first defense to Brock Lesnar, then drop his next fight, a decision to Junior Dos Santos in 2011. After back to back loses and citing some serious physical issues, Carwin announced his retirement from the sport.
Back in July, Carwin revealed exclusively on the Underground that he was making a comeback and had notified the UFC of his intentions to return.
It seems though his discussions with the UFC did not quite goes as planned and today revealed he is a free agent and will explore his options outside of the UFC:
Posted: 1 minute ago
Member Since: 10/11/06
As many of you know I recently decided to come out of retirement. I asked my management team at Ingrained Media to help chart a course. This lead to reviews of my contract and conversations with Joe Silva and UFC’s legal team. We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.
I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division. Today that journey begins.
Feel free to ask me any questions.