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Friday, April 16, 2010
UFC interim champ Shane Carwin collects cards


How could the marketing masterminds over at Apple possibly have overlooked UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin while promoting their latest gift to gadget-heads?

Carwin card
UFC champion Shane Carwin loves this Topps card of himself.

The guy has hands as big as iPads themselves and they're touch-sensitive, too. After all, if he touches you with them, you fall.

Just ask Gabriel Gonzaga or Frank Mir, both heavyweight title contenders who in the last year have succumbed to the Nyquil-knockout power of Carwin's oversized, bad-intentioned bombs.

Indeed, at 6-5 and 265 pounds, Carwin is a massive man with massive mitts and a massive agenda. He's expected to battle UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar on July 3 in a true clash of the titans that's guaranteed to deliver fireworks.

But Carwin's not all face-breaking brawn, regardless of what his 12-0 record -- including nothing but first-round victories -- might lead you to believe. He's a mechanical engineer by day and a methodical mauler by night. He's also a big-hearted doting dad who collects sports cards with his 9-year-old son.

It's fitting that the Colorado native recently inked a sponsorship deal with an online sports card distributor named Blowout, seeing as how that's what most of his fights end up being. The company is currently auctioning off Carwin's walkout hat from his UFC 111 victory over Mir to help him raise money to benefit a 3-year-old girl battling a rare form of spine cancer.

Recently, the 35-year-old former NCAA Division II wrestling champion and two-time college football All-American took time away from his day job to discuss, of all things, his heavy-hitting UFC trading cards.

To date, Carwin has appeared on 36 of them, including one that's valued at $300 and four more that are worth at least $50 apiece. Not bad for a guy who had exactly zero cards seven months ago.