Former Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin, who will meet Junior dos Santos in the headlining bout at UFC 131, discusses his opponent, as well as his title hopes. Carwin is confident that the Brazilian will not be able to match his wrestling skills and says that there’s no doubt in his mind that he will beat Dos Santos.
Carwin has been sidelined since a failed attempt at dethroning then-champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 last July. In the months that followed, the Grudge trained fighter underwent neck surgery that would ultimately keep him benched for nearly a year. Though he was originally scheduled to make his return against Golden Glory stand-out Jon Olav Einemo, Carwin was tapped as a replacement for Lesnar, who was forced out due to illness, and now finds himself one victory away from another shot at the Heavyweight strap. Photo: Francis Specker
“Junior dos Santos can’t match my wrestling skills. I’ve been wrestling since I was 6 years-old. This is real simple – I’m not paid by the round, I’m paid to win. My whole dream is to be the UFC Champion and to get that title shot, I got to go through Junior dos Santos. I don’t have a doubt in my mind, I’m going to beat Junior dos Santos and I’m going after the title.”