Shane Carwin: Engineer, fighter, salesman?
The former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion had to convince the cageside doctor not to stop the UFC 131 main event on June 11 in Vancouver after Junior dos Santos made it nearly impossible for him to breathe.
And he was unable to see.
Carwin, known for his ability to end fights with one punch, was hoping for "one clean shot" against the Brazilian and talked his way into keeping the fight going.
Broken nose and all.
But should the fight have been called based on "The Engineer's" injuries? Or do the doctor's have an obligation to let the fight continue if the fighter claims to be A-OK?
Carwin takes to his official blog and breaks down round three against "Cigano:"
"After the second round I knew I was in trouble. My nose made it impossible to breathe, my eyes were full of blood and Junior was still coming at me. When the ref stopped the fight in the third, I thought it was over. When the doctor came in the Octagon I knew it was going to be up to me to sell them on letting me continue. I knew I was in deep trouble but I also knew that all I needed was one clean shot. I wanted to keep myself in the fight. I wasn’t able to see but I said I could and we continued. When the final bell rang there was no question in my mind who won the fight. I was pretty out of it and needed some medical care. The adrenaline was leaving my body and the pain was coming on pretty fast."
Following a torrid 12-0 run with 12 stoppages, Carwin has suffered back-to-back losses and all but eliminated himself from the 265-pound title hunt. While he's in no danger of being cut and took the Dos Santos bout on short notice, he's in dire need of a win to maintain any hope of keeping himself on the big stage.
"Cigano" moves on to fight reigning division champion Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title later this year.
What say you Maniacs, should this fight have been called? Or was it alright to continue despite the fact that Carwin was risking serious injury in hopes of a one-hitter quitter?