Shane Carwin comes out of retirement, announces free agency

Shane Carwin will be making a comeback and it won’t be with the UFC.

The former UFC interim heavyweight champion has been expressing his interest in returning to the sport for the past couple months, even offering to face Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 before his opponent was officially booked. He made a post on The UG on Wednesday where he revealed that his contract with the UFC has been terminated and that he will be in talks with other promotions soon.

The 41-year old said that his management team and the UFC’s legal team couldn’t come to terms on the value he brought to the promotion and that the decision to cancel his contract was mutual.

Carwin (12-2) last fought at UFC 131 back in 2011 where he lost a unanimous decision to Junior Dos Santos. Prior to that, he suffered his first defeat as a professional to Brock Lesnar in their title unification bout where he was submitted with an arm-triangle in the second round. Carwin had either knocked out or submitted all twelve of his opponents before that fight.

His post on The UG can be read below:

"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."


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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