UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin is scheduled to undergo back surgery in the coming weeks and the former interim title-holder hopes to return to the Octagon by spring or summer 2012, Carwin announced today on his official website:
“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.”
Carwin (12-2) also underwent neck surgery following his July 2010 loss to heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar before returning to the Octagon in June with another loss to top-contender Junior dos Santos.