The UFC has just enjoyed a very successful event filled with some of it’s best heavyweight talents, but one glaring omission from that was former No.1 contender Shane Carwin who’s been out for a year due to injury.

The good news is that Carwin has just announced that he’s fully recovered from his back surgery and is now plotting his return to the Octagon.

“I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in Early Fall 2012,” Carwin says in a new blog on his website. “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.”

As hard a hitter as there is in the UFC’s heavyweight division, Carwin’s return will certainly give the promotion a welcome boost when he gets back in the cage.

Ideally after such a long layoff and coming off back-to-back losses against Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos you’d imagine he’d be hoping for something of a ‘warm-up’ fight first as he looks to work his way back up the heavyweight ladder, but he may not be afforded that opportunity as he’s a fighter with some name value in the UFC and so they’ll probably be keen to put him into a reasonably high profile fight right away.