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As UFC 106 approaches, former event headliner Shane Carwin faces the unknown in 2010

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"My next fight is up in the air a little bit right now. I could probably come back in February but my little girl is going to be born in February and I don’t want to miss that. It’s been an extremely long camp. I started in July to fight Cain (Velasquez) and then I got the call to fight Brock (Lesnar). I get prepared for UFC 106 then that’s off. Then UFC 108 came and then it was off a week or two later. It’s been up and down. All we can hope is Brock can get better. He’s definitely in our prayers. I would assume another fight will come first. I don’t know what’s out there just yet but I assume [a Velasquez fight] will happen if Brock can’t compete. I want to fight the best and challenge myself. Right now Brock holds the title. To be the champ, you gotta beat the champ. It’s a fight I’m still excited for but at the same time there’s a lot of heavyweights that are just as tough and on the same level. It’s an exciting division. Whoever you get in the UFC is a tough fight and that’s what I expect going forward, just a hard fought battle every time out."

-- UFC heavyweight number one contender Shane Carwin faces an uncertain future after division champion Brock Lesnar succumbed to an intestinal illness that as of now, will keep him from fighting indefinitely. "The Engineer" may eventually end up facing former UFC 104 opponent Cain Velasquez after the AKA product was left stranded at UFC 108 by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who was recently stricken with Staph infection. The question now is what the UFC plans to do with Lesnar's title in his absence. An Interim title seems likely, but as of now, fans join Shane Carwin in a wait-and-see approach to the future of the heavyweight division in 2010.

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