SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 12: Mixed martial arts fighter Shane Carwin waves to the fans before throwing out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on April 12, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
When The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) returns to FX in September, it will do so with heavyweight hopefuls Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson as coaches of two respective teams competing for a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
And "The Engineer" is taking his new job seriously. From his blog:
This will be the first time in my adult life that I wont be working. I will just be focusing on developing a team to win the show and focusing on preparing to knock Roy Nelson out. That is my new job and my new passion. I know Roy likes to be the UFC's Jester but he better know this is not a joke for me. He can keep striving for being average, I am pushing myself and those around me to find the American Dream. The dream that comes from lots of hard work and sacrifice, no gimmicks necessary.
Sounds like fight fans are in for yet another entertaining season of TUF. This time, though, they've gone back to the taped format, so there is no relying on live fights on Friday nights to stay up for.
If Carwin sounds eager to get to work on mixed martial arts (MMA) related business that's likely because he hasn't been seen since a brutal, three round unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos back in June 2011. It was a striking clinic from "Cigano" and one that sent his power-punching foe to his second straight loss inside the Octagon.
Not to mention, he's fought just twice in the last three years thanks to nagging injuries. And at his age, it's time to finally get back on the horse and ride before it has to be put down for good.
Anyone eagerly awaiting TUF 16 in September like Carwin?