It’s easy to just stereotype MMA fighters as meat-headed Neanderthals, and at first glance, former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin, with his 265lb, tattooed, thickly muscular frame, seems to fit the bill.
Appearances can be deceiving however, and in fact Carwin is a levelheaded, intelligent, hard-worker who holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, another in environmental technology, in addition to a minor in business and economics.
He put those skills to good use by retaining his full-time job as a design enginer and construction manager for North Weld County Water District throughout his MMA career.
By his own admission Carwin made good money during his UFC tenure, and at one stage was even offered “an obscene amount of money” by Dana White to commit to the sport full-time, but he didn’t take him up on that.
”I take pride in being a contributing member of society and going to work every day,” Carwin told MMAjunkie.com. “It’s something I love to do.”