Although Roy Nelson (Pictured) and Shane Carwin have never fought each other, Nelson feels that he’s already been there and done that after a couple of failed attempts to face the former UFC interim heavyweight champ.
“I’m focusing on somebody else besides Shane,” Nelson told FUEL TV after putting blasting past Matt Mitrione. “I’ve already been down that road twice and I’m already over [it.]”
The 265-pounders were initially slated to meet at UFC 125 in January 2011, but Carwin was forced to withdraw to have neck and back surgery. They were then pitted against each other as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 16” and slotted to headline Saturday’s night’s card.
However, Carwin had to pull out once again, this time with a torn knee.
From an injury standpoint, Carwin can’t seem to catch a break. The 37-year-old is coming off back-to-back back surgeries that nixed most of his 2012 campaign. He is now forced to rehab a blown knee.
Carwin hasn’t been seen inside the Octagon since losing a unanimous decision to now-champ Junior dos Santos in a top contender contest at UFC 131 in June 2011.
Nelson, meanwhile, has now collected two straight wins after clobbering Mitrione, Carwin’s last-minute replacement.