Trevor Wittman satisfied with Shane Carwin's moral victory at UFC 131Posted on June 13, 2011, 05:25 PM by Joey Santosus
"He inspired me so much as a trainer. To be involved in the first round war where I thought the fight was almost gonna be stopped and could have been stopped because of the punishment he was taking on the ground (...) To me, that was like watching a Rocky Balboa movie. Movies are made about stuff like that. As a trainer, I felt we won. We didn't win the fight but we won as a person and as a team. He did not get beat mentally. He went out there like a warrior. it's hard to explain but it's very inspiring as a trainer and I'm still in awe and still amazed at the way he looked in the hospital afterwards. The way he went out there and said "screw it" and put on a fight for the fans and there was no quit in him at all. Even when he had that nasty cut in the third round, I thought the fight should have been stopped at that point. That was a very bad cut and he still asked to go on longer. The crowd really got into that. It was probably the most exciting corner I've ever been in and it was an experience I've never experienced before and I'm still feeling it. - For more from Trevor Wittman on Shane Carwin, visit MMAMania.com
Though Shane Carwin may not of walked away from UFC 131 as the new number one contender, it appears the crew at Grudge Training Center is still satisfied with Carwin's moral victory. After failing to secure a takedown in the opening-round, "The Engineer" had no choice but to stand with the quicker, more technical Junior dos Santos. As the round neared its conclusion, Carwin found himself in deep waters after being dropped by the Brazilian, who immediately followed-up with a series of vicious blows that threatened to end the fight early. Bruised and battered, but not beaten, Carwin answered the bell for the second stanza and stood toe to toe with dos Santos for the remaining ten minutes of the bout.
So what did you think of Carwin's performance LowKick'ers? And what should be next for the former Interim Heavyweight Champ?