Shane Carwin reflects on his loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131

A damaged Shane Carwin keeps moving forward at UFC 131 against Junior dos Santos. Photo credit: Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly

Shane Carwin is home. The Grudge fighter tested himself against one of the very best heavyweights in the world Saturday night and came up short. He has no reason to hang his head though.

Junior dos Santos looked like a pro boxer out there and Carwin ended up with a broken nose and possibly a fractured cheek bone. In a Sunday afternoon blog post, “The Engineer” reflected on what went wrong:

“As the fight started I just did not feel like myself, I wasn’t able to get my feet moving and Junior capitalized quickly. As he was pummeling me I kept trying to find a way to defend myself so Herb would not stop the fight. Junior was landing solid shots and that is where probably he broke my nose.

From that point on the rest of the fight was essentially Junior executing his game plan. His jab was extremely effective and he used the jab to set the pace of the fight.

The end of the fight was pretty much a blur. Junior was a better fighter than I was last night. His boxing was better and he used his boxing to take me out of the fight. I have nothing but respect for Junior and his camp. He deserves the title shot.

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.”

Carwin goes on to say he can not wait to heal up and get back in the gym and start training again. He proved he has the cardio, his heart can not be questioned, he can knock out anyone in the world if he gets in a clean shot — he just needs to work on that technique, mix it up, and stick to his game plan.

Carwin’s coach, Trevor Wittman, said in a post-fight interview their game plan went out the window:

“Our game plan was to kind of pin him up against the fence, dirty box him and rough him up. If the takedown was there, we expected Junior dos Santos to defend the takedown but we figured probably after the third or fourth attempt we’d be able to keep him down, hold him down and wear on him a bit. The game plan pretty much went out the window. It’s easier said than done. Our game plan definitely was to grind him out along the fence, get him down, rough him up and dos Santos used his feet real well and kept Shane off balance with his jab. A lot of credit goes to dos Santos.”

A lot of fans have mentioned Roy Nelson as a possible next opponent for Carwin, seeing as they are both coming off losses. What say you fight fans?

13 thoughts on “Shane Carwin reflects on his loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131”

  1. STEROIDS-BOYCOTT-STEROIDS-BOYCOTT-STEROIDS-BOYCOTT

    BOYCOTT ALL SPORTS UNTIL THEY ARE CLEAN

    I said it before. Steroid junkie Shane Carwin looked fat off the juice, and he got beaten to a bloody pulp. Why, because he is not a real man. Maybe the UFC should have two groups like BJ Penn stated. The Steroid Championships, and the Real Fighting Championships. UFC is Pathetic as are most MMA organizations that allow steroid cheating. They even keep those that were caught cheating still in their organization, Sean Sherk.

    I am tired of all the cheaters and steroids. If a sport cannot do olympic style blood and urine testing for hgh, steroids, etc, then they are not going to get my money. That is right blood and even fat cells if needed. It does not cost that much. If you ever did steroids, you are banned for life losers.

    Look at baseball. Even though the sport is boring and has many problems, steroids killed baseball’s revenue. I see the empty stands and see how cameras try to manipulate seating shots to make it appear there is a full stadium. Hell even football is getting lockouts, and way fewer fans than ever.

    A real man stands on his own two feet for what he is and struggles to change his weaknesses into strengths, not cheat with steroids. All those mma cheaters are just a bunch of losers, and regardless of the media hype or money thrown they will always look like that in everyone’s eyes, period. Why don’t I give everyone a bat who didn’t take steroids to even the playing field. Americans know their “pro” sports are tainted, and we don’t need to wait for congress to fix you. Everyone speaks of mma like it is a circus rather than a sport because of all the controversy. You are going the same route as fake wrestling or strongman competitions that make no money because of steroid losers. It is cause and effect. Less fans, less attendance at other venues like bars, means less money for all businesses around. Regulate steroids before it destroys your source of income. I know I am not going to any events until you fix this crap.

    List of Steroid Cheaters, some are still with their organizations after a slap on the wrist.

    JOSH BARNETT, TIM SYLVIA, KIMO LEOPOLDO, NATE MARQUARDT, VITOR BELFORT, STEPHAN BONNAR, PAWEL NASTULA, KIT COPE, JOHNNIE MORTON, ROYCE GRACIE, JORGE ORTIZ, PHIL BARONI, SEAN SHERK (STILL WITH UFC), HERMES FRANCA, ANTHONY TORRES, BILL MAHOOD, ADAM SMITH, JASON WINTHERS, RUBEN VILLAREAL, DENNIS HALLMAN, ALEXANDER CRISPIM, CARINA DAMM, ALEXANDRE NOGUEIRA, ANTONIO SILVA, EDWIN DEWEES, CHRIS LEBEN (STILL WITH UFC), KIRILL SIDELNIKOV, KEN SHAMROCK, JOSH BARNETT, COLE PROVINCE, CHAEL SONNEN (STILL WITH UFC), VINICIUS QUIEROZ, JAMES IRVIN, SHANE CARWIN (not caught but federal link to purchase of steroids), and best for last THIAGO SILVA not even human urine sample.

    Really, you cheat, you get another chance, BS!!!

    For everyone who supports steroid use, I don’t know what to say. You are either born a man or not, and compensating by drugs pretty much answers those questions. Everyone can see when most anyone really abuses steroids, and notes records broken, and people dying of cancer early. I hope those that support it take it and die from the stuff so the rest of us can enjoy this rock with a few less losers on it.

    I said this statement below more than a year ago, and thank you Thiago Silva for making my point dumbass. Try using human urine next time you put pee in you with a catheter for the test.

    Piss tests are not good enough because any cheater can use a catheter and fill his bladder with whatever at any time. The testing is also not that costly, for blood and urine, so that argument don’t fly with me either. Also sports need to publicly state who was on what whenever they fail a test. Football and baseball keep their information private other than announcing a failed PED. I hear about a steroid user and I boycott and bad mouth.

    Dana White you are a DOUCHE

    Army of Darkness

  2. Wow…That was one heck of a rant Army of Darkness…Way to unload on everyone that’s been exposed to you…Why not expose yourself to them and let them unload on you…We don’t live in a perfect world, so stop commenting so fouly you messed up republican…No one wants to hear your complete udder nonsense! You make a point if you weren’t such a pr*ck…Go crawl under a rock you PUNK! Peace out! Don’t worry Carwin, there are still a TON of people that care!!! :)

  3. Excuse me (more poor reporting) why is Sonnen s name on your list, he had (medical testosterone) and proved it.He was guilty of not properly disclosing it . One big difference! Google Marika Taylor and get the real scoop (her interveiw with Keith Kizer is especially interesting.) Her reporting is far more accurate than the men reporters it seems.

  4. In all fairness fredtroy I don’t believe the “your mama/army of darkness” post is a from a reporter, but just a very long extensive comment.

  5. Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt is on his 4th chance for abusing PED’s
    Also do some research the idiot who said Sonnen wasn’t busted cheating. Sonnen was JUICED out of his fricken mind with a 3400 testosterone level. That is full on JUICING with the testosterone level of 17 men. Sonnen is one of the worst steroid cheaters in MMA history. NOONE has ever had JUICE levels that high. That is why he fought so far over his head in Silva fight and we all saw the “real” only partially JUICED Sonnen in the rematch
    MMA is a disgrace for not doing Olympic style carbon isotope testing (BLOOD) anyone can stick a vile of CLEAN PISS in their shorts.

  6. Carwin has been using steroids since he was in high school and college. anyone with half of brain who read the report by Feds that showed Carwin receiving massive amounts of steroids delivered to hi sown front door in which he signed for them. Enough steroids to last 5 heavy users 5 years. Carwin will always be remembered as one of the worst JUICERS in MMA history. Just like his best buddy Nate “THE ROID CHEAT” Marquardt who has been busted 3 times for PED’s. What a disgrace all the JUICERS that come out of Trevor Whitman’s Grudge Gym in Colorado

  7. Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt should have been banned for life after being busted for PED abuse for 3rd time. Dana swore he wouldn’t give him a 4th chance of course he did anyway. Dana white everyone in UFC (90% anyway) is using PED;s. One of his biggest PPV champs is one of th worst PED abusers in MMA history and lives in acountry where PED’sa re legal and he hasn’t been tested for over 5 years after only fighting up there in his last 4 fights and he took a few years off to MILK a knee surgery that everyone else comes back after 6 months. Pretty bad UFC protects its cheaters like Sonnen

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