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Shane Carwin to Have Back Surgery, Targets 2012 Return to UFC

Shane CarwinUFC 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.

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