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SHANE CARWIN CONFRIRMS COMEBACK

A former top-notch heavyweight is plotting comeback to MMA, but not with the UFC.

Shane Carwin revealed his desire to make a comeback in a post-Wednesday on The UG, adding that he is currently a free agent. Carwin was under contract with the UFC, yet wrote that he and the promotion "decided mutually" that he would make an effort to compete elsewhere.

"I look forward to effortlessly speaking to the other MMA promotions," the former UFC interim heavyweight champ posted. "The Heavyweight division has fights, and not all of them are in the UFC."

Carwin, 41, declared that he and his Ingrained Media management team evaluated his contract and spoke to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and the promotion's legal team not long ago. Things, however, failed to work out and the two parties parted ways.

"We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilised elsewhere," Carwin posted.

Carwin (12-2) was one of the most fearsome heavyweights on Earth for two or three years. He picked up the interim UFC heavyweight belt by knocking out Frank Mir in the first round at UFC 111 in 2010. That bout set up a unification fight with champion Brock Lesnar. Carwin shattered Lesnar in the first round but failed to finish him. Lesnar came back to finish off Carwin with the aid of arm triangle submission in the second.

Carwin fought just once after that, a unanimous verdict loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 in the year 2011. Carwin tutored opposite Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter 16 in 2012 but did not make the fight with Nelson as a result of a back injury and eventually retired.

In all, the Colorado aborigine had a 4-2 record in the UFC. He was widely known for possessing some of the heaviest hands and greatest knockout power in recent history. Carwin was a NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling titleholder and two-time football All-American in college, as well.

In case he does come back, Carwin might not even be considered that old for the division. Many ranked heavyweights in the UFC are significantly past thirty-five years old and still fighting at a high level. The UFC Fight Night 93 over the weekend showcased a major heavyweight event between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett. Arlovski is 37 while Barnett is 38 years old.