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Less than 24 hours after discovering Shane Carwin was forced to withdraw from their December 15th scrap with a blown his knee, heavyweight Roy Nelson has been issued a new assignment. The UFC announced Thursday afternoon Matt Mitrione (Pictured) has agreed to step in and face Nelson at “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.”
Mitrione is looking to bounce back from the first loss of his professional career. “Meathead″ dropped a lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137.
Nelson, meanwhile, has lost three of his past five contests, but is coming off a vicious knockout victory over Dave Herman at UFC 146.
The 265-pounders were castmates on “The Ultimate Fighter 10.” Nelson took the 2009 tournament by knocking out Brendan Schaub in the finals.
Mitrione was originally slated to battle Phil DeFries at UFC 155. No word on what the promotion’s plans for DeFries are.
TUF 16 Finale takes place inside Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
John Cofer vs. Mike Rio
Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius
Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana
Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel
Tim Elliott vs. Jared Papazian
Nick Catone vs. T.J. Waldburger
Dustin Poirier vs. Jonathan Brookins
Mike Pyle vs. James Head
Jamie Varner vs. Melvin Guillard
Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario
TUF 16 welterweight finalist #1 vs. TUF 16 welterweight finalist #2
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione
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Matt “Meathead” Mitrione has been tapped to replaced injured Shane Carwin at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on December 15th. Mitrione will square off against Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the main event of the evening. UFC officials confirmed the bout on Thursday.
Mitrione and Nelson were both members of TUF 10; a season in which “Big Country” walked away as the winner...
On Wednesday afternoon, UFC president Dana White announced the injury bug has decided to take yet another bite out of one of his athletes.
Shane Carwin (Pictured) has blown out his knee and will be forced to withdraw from his “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale” scrap against Roy Nelson.
“WOW!! It never ends Carwin blew his knee out. Looking for a new opponent for Roy on the TUF...
The injury train just keeps rolling. It was announced today via Dana White’s twitter account that Shane Carwin is injured and out of his upcoming fight with Roy Nelson at the TUF Finale. No opponent has been named as of yet.
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...
It was announced today that Matt Mitrone will be replacing the injured Shane Carwin to face Roy “Big Country” Nelson at the TUF Finale. According to the fine folks over at MMAFighting.com, both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight but did not have much to say on the matter when contacted.