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Shane Carwin Having Back Surgery, Out Until Mid-2012

Like Rich Franklin, it’s going to be awhile before we see Shane Carwin back in action.

Carwin revealed on his official website last night that he was set to fight at UFC 141, but his back locked up on him and now he has to have another surgery.

I have spent my entire fighting career dealing with injuries from my football career. I have done my best to get through my training and I have been blessed to get through my fights with relatively little to no damage.

As I ramped up my training for UFC 141 my body locked up during training. It wasn’t like the Lesnar fight but my back just tightened up and I froze. I scheduled an MRI and the results showed that my disc in my lower back is into the nerves . My doctor gave me two options; retire and I could probably go on for a few years without surgery or I could undergo surgery and continue my career.

The decision was easy. I have unfinished business. The UFC had me lined up to face one of the best in the world and I am confident I have everything I need to be a Champion. I am scheduling surgery and I hope to return to the Octagon by spring or summer 2012.

As you may recall, Carwin underwent back surgery about a year ago after he withdrew from UFC 125. It doesn’t sound like the injuries and surgeries are related, but I’m not a doctor, so don’t quote me on that.

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