Shane Carwin Needs Back Surgery, Out for Rest of 2011

This past weekend in a post on his official site, UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin revealed that he is done competing for 2011 and will be going under the knife to remedy a lingering back injury. Unfortunately for Carwin, this is his second time under the knife as he had a neck issue remedied previously.

I have spent my entire fighting career dealing with injuries from my football career. I have done my best to get through my training and I have been blessed to get through my fights with relatively little to no damage.

As I ramped up my training for UFC 141 my body locked up during training. It wasn’t like the Lesnar fight but my back just tightened up and I froze. I scheduled an MRI and the results showed that my disc in my lower back is into the nerves . My doctor gave me two options; retire and I could probably go on for a few years without surgery or I could undergo surgery and continue my career.

The decision was easy. I have unfinished business. The UFC had me lined up to face one of the best in the world and I am confident I have everything I need to be a Champion. I am scheduling surgery and I hope to return to the Octagon by spring or summer 2012.

Carwin’s involvement in the December 30th UFC 141 is unclear as he wasn’t scheduled in any fights mentioned to date.

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