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Old 11-16-2012, 06:09 AM
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Shane Carwin drops out of Roy Nelson fight due to knee injury

If there really is a 2012 injury jinx in mixed martial arts, it's sticking around until the bitter end.

UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter on Wednesday that Shane Carwin is out of his Dec. 15 Ultimate Fighter Finale coaches' fight in Las Vegas against Roy "Big Country" Nelson. A torn knee is the culprit.
"WOW!! It never ends Carwin blew his knee out. Looking for a new opponent for Roy on the TUF Finale on FX," White tweeted.

The injury continues a run of bad luck for Carwin, a former UFC interim heavyweight champion. A series of injuries have hampered the 37-year old Coloradan, keeping him out of action for the past year and a half. He hasn't won a fight since his quick knockout of Frank Mir on March 27, 2010.
No immediate replacement was named for Carwin for the bout at the Hard Rock Casino.

The Carwin news marks the third fight fallout of the week: Anthony Perosh had to pull out of his Dec. 14 bout with Joey Beltran due to a broken toe and was replaced by Igor Pokrajac; and a brain injury suffered in training has sidelined Eddie Yagin from his planned UFC on Fox 5 match against Dennis Siver.

Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione slated for TUF 16 Finale in December

In a battle of former TUF 10 cast members, Roy Nelson will now meet Matt Mitrione at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas, learned from sources close to the event.

When contacted by, both Mitrione, as well as Nelson's camp declined to comment on the pending fight. According to sources, though, both fighters have verbally agreed to meet next month.

The news comes just a day after Shane Carwin pulled out of the Nelson bout due to an injured knee.

Mitrione (5-1) hasn't fought since Oct. 2011 due to injuries and timing issues. He most recently lost to Cheick Kongo at UFC 139 via unanimous decision. He was scheduled to meet Phil De Fries at UFC 155 on Dec. 29 but that fight is no longer happening. No word just yet on who De Fries will fight next.

Nelson (17-7) most recently knocked out Dave Herman at UFC 146. He is currently a coach, opposite Carwin, on TUF 16.

The heavyweight tilt, scheduled for five rounds, will serve as the main event of the FX-televised card.
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