Shane Carwin added another win this past weekend after knocking out the hard-hitting Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga in the first round. He remains undefeated, holding an overall MMA record of 11-0 and is 3-0 in the UFC.
Gonzaga came out strong when taking on Carwin, landing several strikes to the body and face. The fight looked almost looked one-sided as Carwin was taken down within the first 40 seconds of this co-main event. After a few elbows thrown by Gonzaga, Carwin somehow managed to get right on his feet to stand toe to toe with the Brazilian. Carwin threw one straight jab with his left and then finished the fight with a right hook that sent Gonzaga straight to the mat for good.
Carwin continues to climb his way up the UFC heavyweight division. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Carwin if he continues to finish top notch opponents like Gonzaga. Carwin is expected to be around other top heavyweights including Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.
Here’s a snip from Carwin himself:
“We’ve been working on that right hand all camp…right off the bat, Gabe caught me a couple of times…I was able to refocus and get back to it…All the time, I wonder what these people are thinking, but people just like to question things…I guess it’s the unknown. People didn’t know a lot about me and hadn’t seen me much. But I’m working with so many good trainers and so many good guys. My conditioning was the best-ever tonight. Each fight it gets better because we keep refining things and I get better at what I do…Its inevitable that we’re going to see a lot of each other, and it’s a great thing for that to happen…It’s great to have people talking about it and now I think we’re at that point… (Cain) Velasquez is very talented and he’s going to do a lot of damage in the UFC. He’s right there at the top. He was an All-American wrestler who is great on his feet as well. He’s getting better all the time. All three of us are improving on the standup and the jiu-jitsu. I have a lot of respect for Cain (Velasquez). Brock (Lesnar) is athletically gifted. What people don’t see are the athletic gifts of heavyweights, but Brock (Lesnar) is gifted in that area as well…I’ve always felt like I’ve been very athletic and I’m very competitive and I’m explosive…I love to train, too. Being in the training room alongside the No. 1 guys in the world and top-10 guys left and right and you’re in there training with them, that’s a boost of confidence as well…keep putting them (other top UFC fighters) in front of me. This is what I love to do.”