One of the most unique personalities in the sport, Shonie Carter had fought five times in the UFC, going 3-2, prior to appearing on TUF. He was put into action immediately on the show and emerged victorious against Rich Clementi to reach the semi-finals where an old foe was waiting – Matt Serra. The two had fought previously at UFC 31, with Serra appeared to be winning comfortably until the final ten seconds of the final round when Carter famously knocked him out with a spinning back fist. There was no such luck this time around however and Carter lost by decision to the eventual winner of the show. Though he didn’t appear in the season finale Carter did get another chance in the UFC at UFN 7 but he lost a decision to Marcus Davis and wasn’t kept on by the UFC.
With over 60 fights on his record at that point Carter was no stranger to fighting in the smaller promotions and that’s exactly what he went back to doing. In fact he has fought a further 14 times in the past three years, going 9-5, largely against lesser known fighters. Perhaps his most notable fights during that period have been his last two. The first came against another ex-UFC star Carlos Newton in October of 2009 which he lost by unanimous decision. Continuing the theme Carter then took on another former UFC fighter who dates back to UFC 4 – Anthony Macias. Only a month after his loss to Newton, Carter once again lost out by unanimous decision.
Now 37 and holding a 48-21-7 Carter continues to lead a colorful life inside and outside of the cage. Two years ago he refereed a bout that ended in a double knockout and a priceless reaction from Carter. Last year he appeared on the Judge Mathis show after being sued for not turning up to referee an event and hold a seminar. He won the case. Carter’s latest venture in 2010 is a store on Facebook where he sells unique one of a kind apparel designed and made by himself, and even his own drink, ‘Shonie Juice’, which apparently is “certified fantastic.” He is also believed to be working on a book about his life.