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Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson Official for UFC 125 on New Years Day in Las Vegas

Ending weeks of speculation about who and when he will fight next, former UFC number one heavyweight contender, Shane Carwin revealed in a blog post on his website today that he will face Roy "Big Country" Nelson at UFC 125 January 1 in Las Vegas.

“I will be fighting Roy Nelson on 1-1-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be the Co-Main Event of the Edgar Maynard rematch. I think Roy is a tough opponent for anyone. He has been in several main event situations and has fought a lot of veterans in the sport," Carwin wrote today. "I am honored to be fighting again and feel like Roy is a worth opponent. My goal for the fight is to be exciting and go home with the win. I have a lot to prove as does Roy so this should make for a great fight.” 

Nelson, who underwent knee surgery at the end of the summer to repair a ligament tear he incurred during his three-round war of attrition with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117 back in August, shot down rumors of the match-up last week when he indicated via Twitter that his reconstructed joint would not be healed in time for the New Year’s Day event, but it now appears he was just trolling fans and the MMA media.

The fight should make for an interesting contrast of styles, but since Nelson has been adamant about wanting to fight for the UFC heavyweight title some time next year, I can see him taking the fight safe by making use of his Renzo Gracie black belt to attempt to take the fight to the ground so he can try to tap out Carwin much like Brock Lesnar did at UFC 116.


UFC 124
January 1, 2011
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card
Lightweight Championship Bout

Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard

Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson
Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Antonio McKee vs.Jacob Volkmann

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Blacknavi- October 15, 2010 at 3:56 am
This could be a "before and after" pic if Big Country started juicing (and hitting a tanning salon)like Shane does.
Dagnut- October 15, 2010 at 2:06 am
I smell some brain damage cooking in the Country house
ghostboner- October 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm
@FBF - ha ha ha that would prob be even better! "What the fuck? A bag of whoppers? What am I gonna do with this? Is this some kinda joke... Hey, Nelson, you gimmie back that bag right now asshole!"
Ballkick- October 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm
I like both fighters, equally.
Hard to pick this fight,....the scale tipper for me is wanting to see Carwin get another shot at Cock Chestner.
So ............War Carwin
Peetee- October 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Pesto vs. Testo. I'm going with the brief unstoppable force in stead of the immovable stomach. Carvin 1st round KO.
fatbellyfrank- October 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm
@ Bongtar, thats his best Nick Ring impersonation
Kimbos Bread- October 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm
It's gonna be like watching that fat guy stop a canon ball with his stomach for 5 minutes. Except, the cannon will gas out and run out of juice in 5 minutes.
honkey_kong- October 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm
If I were to ask a random guy which one of these fighters is for sure gonna have enough gas to go three rounds, and which is gonna gas out late in the first, i bet he'd get it wrong.

Its a strange sport.
bruce leroys lice- October 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm
either Carwin by KO or big country by surviving the first round.
fatbellyfrank- October 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm
And WAR BIG COUNTRY reppin da fatties in da UFC bra
fatbellyfrank- October 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm
@ ghostboner, LOL, on the reverse side, just picture Carwins face when he opens his bag of tricks and finds a whopper in there!
Almost North- October 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Carwin always looks so sensitive when he is trying to be badass. Look out Fabio, there is a new romance novel cover model.
Chavasse- October 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Easy win for Carwin ofcourse.
Almost North- October 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Carwin faints in the 3rd. Roy is declared the winner....sort of...I guess.
Cro mag- October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Sorry guys, there is no way in hell Nelson is going to beat Carwin, he couldn't take down JDS and there is no way he can take down a Shane Carwin that isn't gassed out. Now Carwin knows what to work on and hopefully gassing out isn't going to be a problem.....hopefully
ghostboner- October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm
I really hope Nelson wins this, then yells for his corner to bring him his whopper. Then I hope his corner runs out with a paper bag, but when Nelson opens it no Whopper is to be found. Instead, a bunch of little vials and hypodermic needles spill out, and Nelson curses the incompetence of his corner for getting his bag mixed up with Carwin's.
cecils_pupils- October 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Car-Win via knucklesammich
Judo_Chop- October 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm
@ Bongtar

fACE7biter- October 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm
LOL @superflat

Surprised Nelson isn't taking a longer layoff due to knee surgery/Dos Santos drubbing/general fatness. I like both guys, but I want to see Nelson win it, just because I wanna see how he pulls it off.
RwilsonR- October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm
lol @ roboturner - Read the small print: "Rogaine is effective at stopping hair loss and regrowing hair in areas where it was previously lost. Some side effects may include dramatic weight gain with associated muscle loss, as well as minor to severe swelling in the stomach region. If you experience any of these side effects, please discontinue use of this product immediately."
Fedor Penn- October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Nice looking card, War Guida!
superflat- October 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm
You know what's making the heavy division the weight class to watch? It isn't the talent, but that these guys are fucking characters. I mean, just look at the two of them, standing there all different-like.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm
They look like long lost siblings, separated at birth in some bizarre circumstance, re-united by the serpentine and tortuous path of fate. One raised in a suburban cul-de-sac on a bland diet of American stereotypes and Monsanto-engineered food products for a Utopian chemical future and the other raised by a pack of slavering hillbillies deep in the untameable wilds of the misty Ozark mountains on possum stew, bacon fat, and white lightning.

You decide which is which.
Roboturner- October 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm
This is the worst reverse advertisement for the Hairclub for Men that I have ever seen.
BONGTAR- October 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm
Carwins face is like....what what in the butt.....