It’s been a tough week for the UFC. First, the main event for UFC 130, Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard III, was scrapped when both fighters sustained injuries. This left fight fans groaning as Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill was promoted to the main event.
Then today it was revealed that Brock Lesnar will be unable to headlineUFC 131 because he has been stricken with diverticulitis. Luckily for MMA fans, UFC 131′s main event has not been completely ruined. some would even say that it’s better.
Top contender Shane Carwin has stepped in to fight Junior Dos Santos for the number one contender spot in the heavyweight division.
Carwin and his two brothers were raised by his mother, who had the goal of getting all her sons college educations. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines as well as a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology from Western State College. Carwin wrestled in college, becoming a two-time NCAA Division II Wrestling National Runner-Up Heavyweight in 1996–97 and the NCAA II Wrestling Heavyweight National Champion in 1999. He was also a two-time All-American in football for Western State and was chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl. Carwin became an engineer out of college and continues to work in that field while pursuing his MMA career. Carwin is also a volunteer wrestling coach for the University of Northern Colorado.
Let’s take a look at how these two stack up.