Shane Carwin called it quits back in 2011 after a loss to Junior Dos Santos but it appears he’s back in the saddle. It’s not a return to the UFC but a potential return in the Bellator organization. Here’s what Carwin revealed on Facebook:
I sent Bellator MMA a request to get on as an alternate for this amazing tournament. I really can’t wait to watch it either way but I am so pumped up for it I had to get my name on a list. I’d love a real title.
Shane would add a nice notch on Bellator’s signing belt and bring a recognizable face that fans still see as a legitimate heavyweight. Here’s the current lineup for their 2018 heavyweight tournament, with dates and alternates yet to be announced:
Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Participants:
- Bellator World Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader (24-5)
- Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, 1 NC)
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-12)
- “King Mo” Lawal (21-6, 1 NC)
- Frank Mir (18-11)
- Matt Mitrione (12-5)
- Roy Nelson (23-14)
- Chael Sonnen (30-15-1)
Carwin was known as one of the most devastating punchers ever. We would love to see him added to the list, even though his potential opponents may not.