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Shane Carwin: 'I know I belong with the very best, all I need to do is prove it again'




"The game plan last night was to be patient and let the fight come to you. When I had him in trouble the ref kept saying he was going to stop it and then towards the end of the 1st my body began to seize up. In between rounds I could not move my legs and had what felt like a whole body cramp. My cardio was fine but my body was not. What can you do? You have to stand up and face your opponent. Heading into the second I knew I needed to finish the fight or I was going to be in trouble. Much like the Champion he is I am sure Brock was thinking the same thing. I had zero takedown defense as my legs were dead to me and the rest is as they say history. Brock was a good guy through this entire fight. He did not talk a bunch of smack and he fought like a warrior. He did what he needed to do to keep his belt and that is what being a Champion is all about. I am going to have to claw my way back to the top but I wouldn't want it any other way. I know I belong with the very best; all I need to do is prove it again."

Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin reflects on his second round submission loss to Brock Lesnar in the UFC 116 main event last Saturday night (July 3) in Las Vegas. It was "The Engineer's" first venture into the second stanza which also ended up being his first defeat. Now that he's has a taste of more than one round and the experience of falling short of the ultimate prize, Carwin heads back to the drawing board to work his way back into title contention. Anyone think he'll be back and better than ever? Or is this dog too old to learn new tricks? Let's hear some fantasy matchmaking for his inevitable return. Loser of "Lesnar vs. Velasquez?" Or how about the loser of "Nelson vs. Dos Santos?"

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