The UFC's heavyweight division is both booming and at a standstill. With Junior dos Santos looking impressive in victory over Frank Mir at UFC 146, the UFC appeared to have a champion ready to stay on top for a considerable amount of time.
Unfortunately, all of the top challengers appear to have some sort of issue. Alistair Overeem is serving a suspension, Daniel Cormier has a broken hand and has to fight one more time in Strikeforce and Cain Velasquez appears to have a hand injury as well, possibly derailing a rematch with dos Santos.
Shane Carwin has been out of action for some time with back issues, and he certainly isn't the man to get a title shot any time soon, but he's a big name and another dangerous fighter in the division. And he says he's ready to come back. Via his blog:
My entire career is shorter then some Pride Fights. I have somehow managed to contend for the UFC HW Title with less than an hour of actual fighting. On one hand that is amazing on the other it kind of scary to think I am facing seasoned veterans with limited experience. Talk about swimming with the sharks. The time off has allowed me to focus on me. Work on the fundamentals of the sport and improve. Maybe most important, to fall in love with the sport again.
I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in Early Fall 2012. I would like to be able to fight every three or four months. Barring injury I intend to leave the UFC octagon and head back to the Grudge Training Center to continue the climb. I have spent my entire career dealing with injuries sustained through Football. I am 100% and I feel like a younger version of my former self. The UFC should look into adding some padding in the gloves because I plan on crushing my opponents.
Who would make a first opponent back for Shane?