Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione spent six weeks under the same Sin City roof in 2009 as part of the cast for Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but their paths never crossed inside the Octagon. Thanks to an injury to Shane Carwin, that will soon change.

A former International Fight League champion, Nelson tipped the scales at 252 for his showdown with Mitrione (257) in “The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale headliner on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The wheels for their matchup were set in motion when the hulking Carwin sustained a knee injury while training in November.

Tristar Gym representative Mike Ricci (171) and the once-beaten Colton Smith (170), who will collide in “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 welterweight final, also met their mandated weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Nelson last appeared at UFC 146 in May, when he needed less than a minute to level Dave Herman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The portly 36-year-old owns a 4-3 record inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with high-profile wins over towering Dutchman Stefan Struve and 2006 Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix winner Mirko Filipovic. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, Nelson has secured 15 of his 17 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Mitrione has spent his entire six-fight career with the UFC. The 34-year-old Springfield, Ill., native has not fought since falling from the ranks of the unbeaten in a unanimous decision defeat to French kickboxer Cheick Kongo at UFC 137 in October 2011. A gifted athlete with nimble feet and heavy hands, Mitrione played defensive tackle at Purdue University and spent parts of six seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. He will have a three-inch height and nine-inch reach advantage against Nelson.

“The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale -- which airs live on the FX network at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT -- will also feature a heavyweight duel matching Pat Barry (238) with Shane del Rosario (244), a lightweight clash pitting Melvin Guillard (156) against former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Jamie Varner (156) and a featherweight tilt pairing American Top Team’s Dustin Poirier (146) with Jonathan Brookins (146). Two hours prior, Fuel TV will carry four preliminary bouts: Mike Pyle (171) vs. Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136), Rustam Khabilov (155) vs. Vinc Pichel (156) and T.J. Waldburger (170) vs. Nick Catone (171). The three remaining undercard fights will stream to the UFC’s Facebook page at 5:35 p.m. ET/2:35 p.m. PT, as Reuben Duran (136) meets Hugo Viana (135), John Cofer (156) faces Mike Rio (156) and Tim Elliott (126) battles former King of the Cage champion Jared Papazian (126).

“The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale Weigh-In Results:


Roy Nelson (252) vs. Matt Mitrione (257)
Mike Ricci (171) vs. Colton Smith (170)
Pat Barry (238) vs. Shane del Rosario (244)
Melvin Guillard (156) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
Dustin Poirier (146) vs. Jonathan Brookins (146)
Mike Pyle (171) vs. James Head (171)
Marcos Vinicius (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136)
Rustam Khabilov (155) vs. Vinc Pichel (156)
T.J. Waldburger (170) vs. Nick Catone (171)
Reuben Duran (136) vs. Hugo Viana (135)
John Cofer (156) vs. Mike Rio (156)
Tim Elliott (126) vs. Jared Papazian (126)
view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 86 headliner Ben Rothwell quickly tap Matt Mitrione

  • 25 days ago
  • 29 views

Before Ben Rothwell goes after his fifth straight win and fifth straight heavyweight finish in the UFC Fight Night 86 main event on Sunday in Croatia, check out how he stopped Matt Mitrione this past read news >>

Dada 5000 claims he suffered 2 heart attacks during Bellator 149 headliner vs. Kimbo Slice

  • 24 days ago
  • 66 views

The medical troubles suffered by Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris in the wake of Bellator 149’s headliner were apparently even worse than previously reported.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

UFC Fight Night 86 co-headliner Gabriel Gonzaga wasn’t too worried about losing his job

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

All appearances to the contrary, longtime UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga said he didn’t fight to avoid losing his job in his last outing. He had more immediate concerns.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Cast revealed for Season 23 of 'The Ultimate Fighter' with coaches Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

Season 23 “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC’s long-running reality competition, debuts in two weeks on FOX Sports 1, and today the cast was revealed. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Derrick Lewis plans to stop Gabriel Gonzaga in first, stop Roy Nelson in July

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – Heavyweight Derrick Lewis has a simple plan for his UFC Fight Night 86 appearance: knock Gabriel Gonzaga out in the first round and book a fight with Roy Nelson.Filed under: Feature read news >>

Matt Mitrione to Bellator heavyweights: 'You’re not doing enough'

  • 21 days ago
  • 35 views

For Matt Mitrione, stirring the pot is nothing new. So even though Bellator’s newest free-agent acquisition doesn’t even have a fight booked, it comes as no surprise that he’s already shaking up thin read news >>

UFC Fight Night 86 Results: Derrick Lewis Knocks Out Gabriel Gonzaga and Calls Out Roy Nelson

  • 20 days ago
  • 21 views

Former Legacy FC heavyweight champion Derrick Lewis continues to make his mark in the UFC. “The Black Beast” knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreb, Croatia on Sunday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 86’s Derrick Lewis anticipates Roy Nelson at UFC 200 and a Twitter war

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis called out Roy Nelson and wound up getting Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night 86. But now he wants to restore that callout of Nelson for a fight this s read news >>

Kevin Souza replaces Derek Campos in Saturday's Bellator 152 headliner

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

Bellator has a new main event for its Saturday debut in Italy, officials today told MMAjunkie.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

Patricio Freire now meets Henry Corrales in Bellator 153 co-headliner

  • 19 days ago
  • 7 views

Patricio Freire has a new opponent for this month’s Bellator 153 co-headliner.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>