Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin has officially come out of retirement and is now a free agent in the sports world of MMA. Carwin made his announcement the martial arts website The Underground.
“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.”
Carwin gained fame for nearly knocking out Brock Lesnar in the first round in a heavyweight title match at UFC 116 in July 2010. Lesnar managed to survive Carwin’s punches, and won by submission in the second round. Carwin would also face future world champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131 in July 2011, where he lost by unanimous decision.