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Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin Announced as Coaches for ‘TUF 16: Fat David vs. Goliath’


(For his final masterpiece, Michelangelo decided to pay tribute to the Biblical hero’s fall from grace through the medium of hamstone. The results were shocking, yet delicious.)

As is likely the case for most of you, we here at CagePotato are more than willing to admit that we all but completely missed out on the failed experiment that was TUF Live. The placement of the show on Friday nights, the rehashed trash-talk and pranks between coaches; it just seemed all too played out and tired to really get us hooked. The fact that Dominick Cruz tore his ACL with only a couple episodes to go only furthered our belief that the season would have been a complete loss if not for the uplifting story of the season’s lightweight winner, Don Cheadle (or something like that).

So when Dana White informed USA TODAY Sports yesterday that the coaches for this season would be polar opposite heavyweights Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin, it more than piqued our interest. Aside from being the winner of the show’s tenth (and arguably least talent filled) season, TUF: Heavyweights, Nelson is by all accounts, one entertaining and funny sumbitch. Carwin, on the other hand, has shown before that he is up for a good joshing as long as it is not aimed at him. If you recall, the last time we got on Carwin’s bad side, Old Dad packed up his things, fled, faked his death, died his eyebrows, and attended his own funeral as a man named Phil Schiffley. The last we heard, he was still reporting on all things MMA from a one man vessel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean out of fear that “The Engineer” was still looking for him. So clearly, the potential for hilarity between these two on the set is higher than Nelson’s cholesterol levels.

And although Carwin did in fact take a year away from action following his UFC 131 loss to Junior Dos Santos to search the world over for Fowlkes, he also spent a good deal of time rehabilitating his back. Coincidentally, it was this very injury that forced him out of his original matchup with Nelson at UFC 125.

“Big Country” most recently found his way back to the win column with a first round knockout of Dave Herman at UFC 146. Just 2-3 in his past five, Nelson certainly won’t be looking at a title shot with a win over Carwin, but a victory would undoubtedly be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, of his Zuffa career.

And in other TUF coaching news…

For those of you who didn’t stick around to catch the post-fight show on FUEL TV last night, DW also announced that the coaches for the second international season of TUF, which will see fighters from the UK square off against Australia’s finest, will be TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson and TUF 6 standout George Sotiropoulus. Both men have fallen on hard times as of late, with G Sots dropping his past two to Dennis Siver (via decision) and Rafael Dos Anjos (via lawn chair KO). After dropping to featherweight following a 4-2 UFC stint at lightweight and scoring a unanimous decision victory over Junior Assuncao, Pearson most recently screwed our parlay over royally when he was knocked out by Cub Swanson in the second round of their tilt at UFC on FX 4.

So, Potato Nation, do these matchups do anything for you?

-J. Jones

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mt59801- July 13, 2012 at 7:55 am
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mt59801- July 13, 2012 at 7:54 am
My two favorite hw's Dana you evil genius. I'd like to see Roy take this one but I don't know if his iron chin can withstand the Carson canned ham fists. I think both guys will be awesome coaches and I don't expect any drama from the coaches. I'm going to hate watching them fight.
BarefootJesus- July 13, 2012 at 6:35 am
Although this match up will make for some interesting entertainment, and a final bout that I've actually been hoping to someday see, does anyone else feel the TUF gimmick has completely overstayed its welcome?

Last season's move to a live Friday night format, although unsuccessful, got me thinking a bit on what the UFC could do to constantly replenish its rosters.

The UFC should scrap their TUF efforts for small scale, live Friday night event cards like that of ESPN's Friday Night Fights. Setup main events with future prospects and/or journeymen; pad the rest of the card with local fighters on one-fight-terms that are willing to put on a performance for recognition and a possible contract; put John and Kenny on the mic; and hit up smaller venues around the country. This would give the UFC an opportunity to fill shallow rosters with standout prospects currently unnoticed; allow the UFC to compete for Friday night ratings against ESPN and HDNet Fights; and put the UFC in cities and venues that would never be an option for their standard events.

Hell, DW should just make me VP of Marketing and Logistics.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm
dringinking FTW
intercept440- July 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm
i for one like this matchup...why you ask...well munber 1 seeing as how roy bascially trained himself till he became a ufc fighter in own garagew...it will be intersting to see how he is as a trainer and what he does...im mean lets be real what he has done has sevred him pretty well....his downfall is if he could lose his ft fucking belly. he would ave much more cardio and be much faster than he is...you got to admi for being sch a fat fuck he is quit eexplosvie...vcarwin on the other hand is a killer ...but has no stamina...his downfall is he needs some fucking lungs or something...maybe a red bulli dont know....anhow i thingk it willbe good....and dont mind my typing you nazi typo faggots...ive been dringinking fuckers...
NomadRip- July 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm
I tried again. I still can't seem to get excited about this pairing.
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm
The picture viewer doesn't cause me any distress really. I just wanted to add fuel to the fire for no reason other than my own enjoyment. Its more of a personality flaw rather a personal attack.
J.Jones- July 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm
In that case, carry on.
XENOPHON- July 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm
It might interesting to see what Big Country does as a trainer - since seeing that Munoz was less successful at doing the same. As for Carwin, his demeanor is kind of flat from the interviews I have seen. As for future fight between the two, Carwin may find himself surprised at Nelsons fortitude.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm
All of Nelson's team meetings will take place at a specially vacated Granny's Buffet.

On Episode 11 Nelson will be idly playing with a large plate of mashed potatoes as he and his coaches discuss strategy. He slow will become more and more focused on the potatoes until slowly a flot topped mesa begins to emerge from his efforts. He will turn to the camera and utter "Sshhh... This means something..."

Later that night in a specially filmed night vision sequence a mysterious brightly lit craft will emerge from a bank of fog to land atop Nelson's sleeping moon belly.
smellypiratehooker- July 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Some of the better comments on this site make me giggle. I laughed hard at this one.Twice.
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 11:52 am
This site sucks. I need to have 2 id's so I can reply to my own posts. What kind of bullshit is this??? And your picture viewer sucks ass....
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 11:50 am
Coaches challenge will be a pie-eating contest
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 11:51 am
yeah I replied to myself deal with it
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 11:50 am
And not the good kind of pie either....
NomadRip- July 12, 2012 at 11:01 am
Wow. When was the last time a post here got 350+ comments like that OldDad article you linked?
KarmaAteMyCat- July 12, 2012 at 11:00 am
Come on broskis it'll be fun why does everything have to be for a title and be serious what happened to having fun?
Vunter Slaush- July 12, 2012 at 10:54 am
Man, cyborg really let herself go...
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 10:42 am
Way to reward failure DW
Grandmas Nutmeg- July 12, 2012 at 10:21 am
So in this season, as a prank Carwin is going to replace Big Country's food with a salad isn't he.
OPIO- July 12, 2012 at 9:56 am
Isn't Nelson all about individuality. He would make a horrible coach. Good TV, perhaps. Coach, no.
Fried Taco- July 12, 2012 at 9:48 am
Wow, DW is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for TUF coaches!
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