Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/15/12
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
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

What does Tevin Coleman’s return mean for Devonta Freeman?

Antonio Cromartie: Odell Beckham Jr. a ‘one hit wonder’

Thompson fires shots at Clippers: ‘Didn’t they lose to the Rockets?’

'Sell high' and 'buy low' fantasy candidates

Marshawn Lynch ruled out by Seahawks for Week 5

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs


Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Dept. of Player Safety inconsistent with discipline?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia

UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

WATCH: Prince Fielder wipes out trying to climb over dugout railing

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

What’s wrong with Ohio State’s offense?

Weeden: ‘I don’t need a 12-yr-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker