The Bellator heavyweight tournament may already be booked, with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen slated to kick things off in January, but former UFC interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin wants to let Scott Coker know that he is willing to come out of retirement to step in as a potential replacement.
Carwin, who officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in 2013, has reached out to Bellator in hopes of securing an alternate slot for the eight-man HW Grand Prix, per his Twitter account.
I emailed my friend @rich_chou a request to get on as an Alternate for this amazing @BellatorMMA tournament. I really can't wait to watch it either way but I am so pumped up for it I had to get my name on a list. I'd love a real title. #Bellator pic.twitter.com/jiysk6sBVb— Shane Carwin (@ShaneCarwin) November 21, 2017
This just keeps getting better.@ChaelSonnen v @Rampage4real, @thefrankmir v @fedoroskol, @mattmitrione v @roynelsonmma, @ryanbader v @KingMoFH. Here’s to hoping I get my chance. @BellatorMMA @Rich_Chou @ScottCoker @paramountnet pic.twitter.com/TYH2jlgOIW— Shane Carwin (@ShaneCarwin) November 23, 2017
Carwin, who is known for his devastating knockout power, said he has trained hard over the last year and called out former UFC vet Roy Nelson.
“I am back in beast mode. In the last year I have trained more than I trained in my entire UFC run. I am not just strong like bull I am doing things that my Surgeon said were done. I have just recently broke my PR squat record with 575lbs at 10 reps. If you lift you know you need to have back strength to pull this off. I recently discovered CBD and that has pushed recovery into overdrive.
“Roy [Nelson] needs his ass beat. He talks a lot of shit on Twitter but is a complete coward face-to-face. I’d like to showcase that on TV. When you are on social media telling the world B.S. about me and using my name to build yours but when we are face-to-face, within inches, he says nothing. Keyboard Warrior Coward,” Carwin posted on Reddit.
Carwin, 42, knocked out Frank Mir to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt in 2010 but lost in a title unification bout to Brock Lesnar at UFC 116. The MMA veteran battered Lesnar in the first round but was submitted via arm-triangle choke in the second. Carwin then lost to former champion Junior dos Santos in 2011 and announced his retirement a couple of years later.
Although Carwin has been retired for the past four years, the knockout artist KO’d professional skateboarder Jason Ellis with one arm tied behind his back in an exhibition boxing match last year.
Video of Shane Carwin KOing Jason Ellis tonight: https://t.co/sOTi9ipBff— Fury's Fight Picks (Luca Fury) (@FurysFightPicks) October 16, 2016