The UFC was all about “The Ultimate Fighter” announcements on Wednesday. Shortly after naming the coaches for the show’s second international edition, the mixed martial arts organization reported that Roy Nelson (Pictured) and Shane Carwin will serve as opposing coaches on next season’s American version.
The 265-pounders will tutor 16 welterweights, with the ‘TUF 16’ tournament winner securing his future with a six-figure UFC contract. “Big Country” and Carwin will then collide in the show’s December finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After airing the long-running series live last season, TUF returns to FX in September with its customary tape-delayed format.
Carwin has been recovering from back-to-back back surgeries. The part-time engineer blasted out of the mixed martial arts gates by winning his first 12 professional bouts. He has since lost his last two fights, with his most recent coming in a unanimous decision defeat to now-champ Junior dos Santos in a top contender contest at UFC 131.
“I’m very excited to get this opportunity. Coaching TUF is something I asked for and really wanted to do,” said Carwin. “I also asked to coach against Roy Nelson. The fans know how I like to conduct myself both in and out of the Octagon, and I respect every fighter, coach, official and fan in the UFC. But I cannot respect a man like Roy Nelson – because he shows no respect himself.
“He is a keyboard warrior who doesn’t have the guts to talk trash to my face, but now he’s going to have to be in the same room, the same gym and finally the same Octagon as me.”
Nelson, meanwhile, has dropped three of his past five contests, but is coming off a vicious knockout victory over Dave Herman at UFC 146. The charismatic veteran has long been petitioning to coach on the show he won back in 2009.
“Shane Carwin can think he is the better fighter and coach, but I will do my best and try to represent the Average Joe and show my team that, with hard work, you can walk away a winner against any fighter,” Nelson stated.