A knee injury has forced Shane
Carwin to withdraw from his bout against rival coach Roy Nelson at
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 finale, according to UFC
President Dana White.
“It never ends,” White wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Carwin blew his
knee out. Looking for a new opponent for Roy on the ‘TUF’ finale on
Carwin had been rehabbing a minor knee injury sustained in
September, but the former UFC interim heavyweight champion was
still expected to face Nelson at the Dec. 15 event, which takes
place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
It is currently unknown if this latest development is related to
Carwin’s previous injury.
Known for his strength and punching power, Carwin has struggled to
stay healthy in recent years. The 37-year-old has competed just
once since his failed bid to capture the undisputed heavyweight
title from Brock
Lesnar in July 2010. Carwin, who has undergone back and neck
surgeries in order to continue his career, most recently competed
against Junior dos
Santos last summer at UFC 131. Dos Santos battered Carwin in
that bout, taking a unanimous decision and handing the American
just his second loss.
Nelson, 36, has won two of his last three fights, knocking out
former Pride Fighting Championships star Mirko
Filipovic to close out 2011 before kicking off this year with a
unanimous decision defeat to the surging Fabricio
Werdum. “Big Country” rebounded from that loss by posting a
first-round stoppage of Dave Herman
on May 26, starching the EliteXC veteran with an overhand right in
just 51 seconds.