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Shane Carwin out of TUF 16 Finale fight with Roy Nelson due to knee injury

The curse seemingly surrounding coaches of the Ultimate Fighter has struck again, as heavyweight Shane Carwin has been yanked from a headlining match-up with Roy Nelson at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale after a knee injury he suffered in late September failed to heal as expected. Counting TUF Brasil, the situation marks the third consecutive season of the reality franchise where a rumble between the respective team-heads was scratched for health-related reasons.

UFC President Dana White confirmed Carwin’s condition on Twitter, saying a replacement was currently being sought. Though specifics weren’t offered, Carwin’s manager told that his client wasn’t expected to undergo surgery but had partially torn his “PCL, LCL and popliteus.”

“The gut feeling is that he can recover without surgery if he rehabs it,” explained representative Jason Genet. “The initial steps are that Shane will start to rehab the knee tomorrow, and see a specialist later in the week. That’s all we really know, and we just have to see how it goes from there.”

Carwin is expecting to make his return to the ring by February.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Just saw that on twitter, quite a few people called it happening..don’t remember if I was one or not. It sucks for Carwin definitely, he seems to get hurt a lot of time when big fights come up. Also sucks that this is once again another TUF where the coaches don’t fight at the end.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Maynard’s also hurt

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Pat barrys on call for all I no.

  • raker says:

    Put Nelson against Cormier in January.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    After losing to Brock, Carwin underwent neck surgery. In his return fight, he was a human punching bag for JDS, then underwent back surgery. He hasn’t fought since, and is now nearly 38 years old & dealing with a knee injury. It’s unfortunate but it’s pretty much time to stick a fork in him.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I say bring back the Main iac Sylvia for a one off fight. If he can beat Nelson then he deserves to stay in the UFC if not at least he got one last shot.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Some medical studies have shown that frequent use of steroids can cause deterioration of muscle as you age resulting in more frequent and more severe injuries.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Mitrione is the replacement, that sets up a good TUF whatever number hype


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