The Other Side of the Coin

The Other Side of the Coin

The general majority of fans and media of MMA are interested to hear from fighters right after they claim a victory inside the cage. They want to know what led them to the win and if there was anything else they saw that they took advantage of. Many don’t care for the person on the other side of the coin who suffered a loss and at times a step back in their career.

After his fight in June against Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin was on the outside looking in.

When he was defeated at UFC 131 Carwin was looking for answers , where he fought out of a brutal first round and showed heart all the way to the end, only to be dealt only his second loss in his career. But Carwin isn’t looking to complain about the loss.

“I’m not really reflecting on that, more or less trying to get healthy enough to get in the Octagon again.  I am still a new comer and have a lot to work on.  I think that is what I love about the sport so much, it constantly challenges me.”

With the Heavyweight title shot one win away, he knows that the fighters are getting better and in the Heavyweight division the standing game is a pressing issue. With the amount of damage Carwin took in the fight against Junior Dos Santos, it was no surprise that his health is the main concentration.

“Focusing on the loss is not what I’m going to do but rather what I need to do to be the best I can be. I am only interested in training and healing up when I can and being at the top of my game. I am focusing on my basics and I’m learning every day.”

Recently Carwin has been training with good friend and fellow Heavyweight Brendan Schaub. Schaub has a fight lined up in Brazil against Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and it’s not a difficult decision to workout with one of the hardest punchers in the UFC and possibly MMA.

In June, Carwin passed on a gesture to another possible training partner and that was the great Fedor Emelianenko. Things fell through then and now he wants another shot to train with the “Last Emperor”.

“I would love to try to figure it out. Now that we are both in the waiting phase, I welcome him to come stay with me and train or I would be willing to fly to Russia and train with him. I have a lot of respect for him as a person and as a fighter.  I think I can offer him some help and I am certain he can help me.”

With Junior Dos Santos getting the next shot at the Heavyweight Championship, Carwin hasn’t heard from the UFC regarding a fight. With 2 losses in a row, it hurt his mentality at times but with the attitude he possesses I’m sure that pain will exit as quickly as it appeared.

“Right now the focus is just on getting better and seeing what the UFC has in store for me.  I have a lot of ground to make up and I hope I can fight again this year.  I think the one thing that is clear after my fight with JDS I want to make sure I give myself the time to prepare.  I have to give myself every opportunity to win and that includes the proper diet, exercise and training camps.”

Sometimes a loss does a lot more than win could ever do and with Shane Carwin he will certainly bring his A-Game in his next fight. When he enters that cage, those 2 losses will be in his rear-view mirror.

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