At the post-fight press conference for UFC 116 Dana White noted that Shane Carwin, who had come up short in his attempt to take the heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar, had been taken to hospital.
That seemed somewhat surprising considering he had in fact dished out far more punishment in the opening round than he had received in the second – eventually succumbing to an arm triangle choke. The mild-mannered fighter showed no immediate signs of major damage in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, appearing lucid, though undoubtedly downhearted at the result.
Thankfully when asked White revealed that it was, “nothing serious.” According to the UFC president it looked like the fighter was fatigued more than anything, though he also added that the 35 year-old, who had just suffered his first ever loss in the sport, was “emotional” backstage and had been “hyperventilating”.
Later Carwin himself posted on his twitter account to reassure fans that he was ok.
“I am fine just getting checked out at the hospital. Ill be back…,” he wrote.
It was undoubtedly a tough a loss for Carwin who had come extremely close to finishing the fight in the opening stanza. His endeavors to add Brock Lesnar to the twelve other opponents who had succumbed to him in the opening round partly proved to be his undoing in the end as he appeared notably more lethargic in the second round.
Like Lesnar, Carwin is still on a learning curve at this stage of his career though, and there’s every chance that he will work his way back up to a rematch with the champion in the future.