Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin has officially hung up his 4XL gloves and called it a career. Carwin began his career with a record of 12-0, all 12 of those fights ending by way of the finish. After finishing Frank Mir at UFC 111 in New Jersey to claim the UFC interim belt, Carwin would unify the titles with then champ Brock Lesnar during the summer of '10 in what would be one of the most anticipated heavyweight battles of all-time. Carwin would drop Lesnar and land enough unanswered strikes to force just about any other fight to be stopped. In the second round Lesnar would take advantage of a fighter that had nothing left in the tank, finishing Carwin by way of the arm triangle choke. It would go down as one of the greatest comebacks of all-time, only to be followed by the Silva vs. Sonnen instant classic at UFC 117 the following month. 'The Engineer' would get another chance to earn a shot at the title against Junior dos Santos the following year. Dos Santos would wreak havoc on the face of Carwin taking home a unanimous decision victory. Carwin showed he had a huge fighting heart in the fifteen minutes he shared inside of the cage with Dos Santos to go along with the tenacity he displayed in his first 12 finishes. A fight between Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson would be made on more than one occasion; the two men would even coach opposite each other on season 16 of TUF.  Today's decision wasn't for lack of trying; various injuries and surgeries would continue to sideline Carwin, and at the age of 38 he would announce his retirement from the sport on everyone's favorite social media platform. Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!! — Shane Carwin (@ShaneCarwin) May 8, 2013
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.