Out of the 3 up and comers Cain, JDS and Carwin, Carwin is the LEAST deserving of a title shot, his only top 20 win wasnt that impressive compared to Cain dismantling Kongo and Rothwell or JDS flash KOing Werdum and stopping Cro Cop (not that impressive tbh but he did finish it).
Carwin got his nose smashed and taken down and altho the power is very impressive i dont think his standup is, Mirs is better. On the ground Mir will be looking to prove he can handle a bigger man and it would give him confidence if he fought Brock in the future, which seems likely. Only thing is, Shane is no Brock, Brock relies on his wrestling all the time and it dominates, Shane doesnt do that as often and isnt nearly as fast or explosive with the TDs. Speed is the biggest difference between Shane and Brock and despite what ppl say that Brock is "just big" it's the speed that kills you 1st, then the size.
I think alot of the reasoning behind Carwins push is age, he doesnt have long and JDS and Cain will both be around for quite awhile imo. I dont think marketability is the reason behind this push, Cain is prob more marketable, it has alot to do with age and ppl wanted Brock to face a guy his own size and Carwin is one of the only guys that fits the bill (Mir does now too imo). So they promised Shane this undeserved title shot based on age and him matching up physically to Brock but since Brock pulled out and everybody else is busy i guess this makes sense.
Last edited by alizio; 12-16-2009 at 12:03 PM.