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Shane Carwin announces retirement

Updated: May 8, 2013, 3:31 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin announced his retirement Tuesday night.

"Officially retired," the 38-year-old Carwin said on Twitter. "Thank you to my family, friends and fans! God bless!"

Carwin, plagued by injuries for nearly two years, last competed inside the Octagon on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131. He lost a lopsided unanimous decision to then-titleholder Junior dos Santos.

After the fight, Carwin (12-2) injured his back during a training session. ...

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