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First Shane Carwin made the announcement on his twitter, (twitter.com/shanecarwin) he would not be doing media the month leading up to his fight with Lesnar. Many fans and journalist questioned the move. Nobody that I can think of has refused to enguage the media to hype their upcoming fight. It seems silly to me that Carwin would want to hype a fight with the UFC's biggest draw in Brock Lesnar.
DAVE MELTZER: "I thought Brock was good. I mean, you know, it’s just he was… it’s just like that other, the last confrontation, it’s just like Brock’s… Brock’s trying to promote a fight with no help whatsoever. And I’m surprised, you know, because it was Carwin you know mouthing off that put him ahead of Cain Velasquez, you know, in getting this shot and now he’s just not… you know, I’m sure he’s training hard and everything.
He is, kind of, Carwin is kind of a quiet guy in a lot of ways. He’s just not big talker. Brock likes to talk. So… yeah, but… I thought that you know Brock was encouraging him to fire back, like the last time, and Carwin just wouldn’t. I don’t know, you know it’s like, he’s 35 years old, he’s got to know the name of the game, you know, and I just… I just think, I think he hasn’t done his job in selling this fight, that’s for sure, and I mean all across the board."
"A lot of people are still questioning my reasoning behind limiting my media access. If you read this article it would sound as if I am somehow failing at my duties as a fighter. Or according to the Zuffa "Talking Heads" I am not doing my part to sell this fight. Lets talk about me selling this fight. I earned this fight. I was "given' my previous opportunity against Brock but this one I earned. I was asked to train for Cain and I began my camp. I was then told Cain is not the opponent I am being bumped up to Lesnar.
Then I begin training for Lesnar to only have him pull out of the fight TWICE. His "miracle recovery" underway I was told I am going to have to face Frank Mir to earn the opportunity to face Brock (something I had already been given and taken away now twice). So for those of you confused by the fact that I somehow am fighting Brock because I talked crap or played some hype man you are wrong. I earned this fight and this opportunity. I have never turned down a fight, I have never told Zuffa no, I have and always do a good job and for them. Those that know me know that is who and what I am all about."
Those in the Media that want to chastise me have not even attempted to reach out through proper channels to get an interview. I never said I wasn't doing interviews or eliminating media. I said I was not taking any direct media request. I just do not have the time to spend "just 15 minutes" on the phone answering the same questions over and over. The time adds up and that time has to come from my other job, family or training. None of which are worth sacrificing more than the need to promote a fight.
I have however accepted 100% of the interview request that Zuffa has presented me. I have taken my own initiative and went out for the entire month of May meeting fans traveling the US. My team has got me on the Jason Ellis Show (@ellismate) in which I did about a ten minute interview (on my own) to help promote the fight.
In your eyes, has Shane Carwin done enough to promote his fight with Brock Lesnar?