A few days ago I managed to catch up with current UFC Fighter Shane Carwin. Shane is facing Frank Mir for the Interim Heavyweight Title. The winner of that fight will go on to face Brock Lesnar to become the Unified Heavyweight Champion. Shane had a lot of interesting things to say.
1. At UFC 111 you face Frank Mir for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. What do you think of Frank as an opponent and what did you have to focus on with Frank Mir?
I consider Frank one of my biggest tests yet. He is a well rounded fighter with tons of experience. I suspect he will be comfortable where ever the fight goes so it will likely come down to a power of will.
2. How strenuous is it to handle a full-time job, train and have a family?
There are days when I am like I can't do this anymore and those are the days that make you who you are. We all get up in the morning and have days where we don't want to go to the office. For me I kind of view it like I have two jobs. A lot of fighters work part time or party when they are done training. You can really only train a few hours a day, so I do my engineering job to get away from the gym and fighting. I really enjoy completing projects and I have just been handed two more at work. For me it is very relaxing to sit at my desk and do my job.
3. What made you want to get into the MMA scene? And what were you doing before entering MMA?
I love to compete. After college I was training without a purpose and I eventually hooked up with Ron Watterman and began helping him with his MMA training and was hooked from that moment. A couple trips to the old WEC to help him in his fights and Reed Harris offered me a fight and the rest is history.
4. How big are your fans to you regarding your matches and training?
I am a fan first so I really appreciate my fans. I love watching this sport and watching fighters compete. It is the ultimate competition and you really get to see all sides of a person when they are fighting MMA. I want to make sure I perform and give the fans the show they came to see. I do not expect to win every fight but I want people leaving the fights and remembering my name.
5. Where do you see the MMA Sport taking off 5 years from now?
Maybe an Olympic sport, I definitely see it leaving Boxing behind and evolve into one of the few American sports that crosses the borders to become an International success. There are no borders or limits to where MMA can go and the unproductiveness of the fights will create natural drama and I think that is a pretty big draw for the fans. I like knowing anyone can win at any given moment.
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