News like this makes you want to climb to the top of a mountain, throw up your arms and scream some four-letter word while eventually dropping to your knees and burying your tear-filled face in your hands. Damn, that’s a lot of things to do on a Tuesday morning. Maybe you should just kick over your 2-litter bottle of Sprite in disappointment. About thirty minutes ago, Shane Carwin posted an entry in his blog — and it’s not what you wanted to hear.
“I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. As many of you know I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action.
I was really looking forward to fighting again and obviously this is a very disappointing turn of events. My manager said “You can’t fight the best fighters in the world with just heart, it is time to stop limping to the top of the mountain and get healthy so you can climb it on your terms.” I have been up all night thinking about this decision and what I may be missing by making it.
In the end my family and manager are right. I owe myself, I owe my fans the best show I can give them. I need to get healthy. I am going to be speaking with the surgeon this week about the surgery. My thoughts are if the surgery fixes it why add 8-12 weeks of physical therapy, epidurals and traction if surgery may still be needed.
The good news is the doctors said I can work on my cardio (they must have seen my last fight lol) with this injury.”
You can read more of his entry here. At least Carwin found a doctor equipped with a large enough blade to slice into his back. Well, that’s if he requires surgery. Now that Shane Carwin is out of his UFC 125 contender bout, Roy Nelson needs another human being to bang against and for some reason, I can’t help but think that Randy Couture will be thrown in the mix once again. That’s my blind assumption for the day. [Source]