On January 1st, 2011 Shane Carwin looks to get back into the octagon at UFC 125.
This will be Carwin's first fight back since being defeated by Brock Lesnar in the second round due to a side choke submission back in July. He did state after the fight he did come down with body cramping and lactic-acidosis and his body just failed him in the second round. Carwin did break the news first today on twitter with the following tweet about his next fight.
The question remains though who will be his opponent come New Years Day? There are a few names out there that come to mind and could be a great match-up for the former Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Roy Nelson is a name that has come up a few months ago but Nelson ultimately decided to clean out his knee that he said was nagging him for a while. There was banter back on forth on twitter, not directly but both were taking jabs at each other in obvious future match hype. However, after the surgery of Nelson he has not said much regarding his future fight and the timetable he stated that he could return would be in the month of January.
If this matchup does indeed happen both fighters will be throwing punches to say the least. Both are excellent strikers and love to exchange with their opponents. Nelson also did lose his last fight against Junior Dos Santos due to unanimous decision. Ultimately, Nelson's rehab and health could be the main factor on whether the fight gets put together.
Another name that has been thrown around is Pat Barry. Pat Barry has been idle for since his last fight against Mirko Cro Crop where he suffered a loss due to a rear naked choke in June. Barry is wildly known for his kickboxing career and could be a very good challenge to Shane Carwin.
Barry hasn't told any of his fans on twitter what his next fight would be but with both fighters coming off a loss this match-up would make the most logical sense and be a very good striker versus kicker battle.
Shane Carwin has faced a tough few last month's dealing with a steroid allegation against him and his first loss in his UFC career. Whatever opponent The UFC chooses for Carwin, the winner could be the in the future picture of being the next heavyweight number one contender.