Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought I heard after his match at UFC 96 with Gabe Gonzaga in which he had a crushing KO over the former HW title contender that Shane Carwin had quit his job as an engineer to train full time. Well apparently not, from his Twitter page:
still sick but back at work today. tough part of being a FT fighter and FT worker is I use most of my sick days traveling to fights.
I can't remember where I heard that he had quit his job but I know I remember it being discussed. I wish the UFC would give guys like Shane a little more financial support so he could concentrate 100% of his time and energy to becoming the best fighter he can be, what if the guy is granted a title shot but still has to work 40 hours a week to make ends meet? I think it robs the fans of seeing the best Shane Carwin there is. Maybe they should have granted him a gift FOTN bonus like they did to Mark Coleman and Shogun Rua, perhaps with the extra $60,000 he could afford to become a full time fighter.
So me and a few other commenters had somewhat of a debate over wether Carwin was still working his engineering job because he wanted to or because he had to because his UFC pay was not enough to make ends meet. Mea culpa guys, apparently you were right. I decided to go straight to the source and ask Carwin himself via his Twitter page, here's what I came up with:
ufc4@shanecarwin shane I have been having a debate with some people and was hoping you would be willing to clarify a few things...
@ufc4 I train as much or more then any other ft fighter. Being a potential top 10 draft and having that dissapear taught me a lot. UFC pay
@ufc4 Ufc pay is actually very good just not all fully disclosed.
So there you have it folks, I have no problem admitting when I am wrong and apparently Shane is just a tireless worker who is lucky enough to have two jobs that are both very important to him. I'm a big fan of this guy and I think he has what it takes to make it to the top, hopefully we will see him in a title match very soon, a fight between he and Brock Lesnar would be epic.