Naming names – Shane ‘The Engineer’ Carwin

Shane ‘The Engineer’ Carwin will walk out at UFC 111 tomorrow. I thought this would be a fitting time to blog about the nickname that I suggested to Carwin’s team a few months ago. Jason Genet, Shane’s manager put together a contest on their website and asked fans to come up with cool nicknames for the heavy-weight wrecking ball that is, Shane Carwin. I along with another chap named Josh Diehl won the contest and will soon receive some merchandise signed by Carwin.


Shane ‘The Engineer’ Carwin

What’s really cool, is that this is the first time Carwin will be called by this name. I literally can’t wait to hear Bruce Buffer announce it. Carwin last fought a year back and is coming off a first round knock out of Gabriel Gonzaga. He faces his biggest test tomorrow, in Frank Mir. Good luck Shane.. Frank Mir is a beast.

This fight is for the interim heavyweight title and the winner will face Brock Lesnar to unify the belts. I’m a huge Lesnar fan, but we’ll get to that later. This fight, in the meanwhile looks to be solid gold and while it IS hard to make a pick, I’m leaning towards Shane because of his one punch knockout power. Mir is dead dangerous with submissions but he’s no match for Shane’s striking.

Lets see what happens. May the best man win.


Update: I actually won this contest, but the t-shirt never made it to India (where I was based at the time). Oh well. Still a cool story, right?

TUF 10 Episode 5 – WTF Wes Sims?

I was getting tired of writing MMA stuff on my regular blog, so now this place will serve as my ranting/raving ground for all things MMA related. I’ll kick this off by talking about episode 5 of the Ultimate Fighter. The Rashad and Rampage show continues while Kimbo lurks in the background, chomping at the bit to fight again. This episode sees Wes Sims fight Justin Wren and man, did Sims stink up the place! I expected a hell of a lot more of the 12 year veteran. Wren is just 22 years old to boot. I actually thought Sims would keep him at bay with his significant reach advantage and win by a late TKO but no such thing happened. Wren took the big man to the ground, and submitted him in under two minutes via arm triangle.

Sims went to sleep and took his own fucking time waking up. Rampage again left his fighter in the octagon to fend himself after the loss. I’ve actually started liking Rashad Evans now. I used to hate this guy because of his bullshit antics in the cage earlier but now, he comes across as a pretty decent guy. Nothing like getting knocked the fuck out by Lyoto Machida to set a dude right.

I’d like to see Kimbo fight again.  I’ve always been a bit of a freakshow fan. I’d actually pay money to see Oleg Taktarov fight a bear.

Over and out.