With Wednesday's announcement that Shane Carwin has re-injured his knee and pulled out of his heavyweight headliner with Roy Nelson at "The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale" on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas, UFC officials are left scrambling to find a replacement.
A variety of contenders will be targeted for the fight on short notice, some with a past history with Nelson, but none will be completely satisfying after seeing the two men coach separate teams over the course of 10 weeks.
Still, without tampering with existing matchups in the coming months, numerous compelling options exist to fill the vacancy left by Carwin's withdrawal.
Let's take a look at some of the options:
Josh Barnett - With nothing to gain and a fight with Dion Staring already booked for January, Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier is unlikely to accept the fight, which makes sense. Barnett, meanwhile, has nothing to lose. He was expected to compete on Strikeforce's final card in January, but with no o...