Matt Mitrione steps in to face Roy Nelson at TUF 16 Finale

Less than 24 hours after it was announced that former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin was injured, and out of his Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale bout with Roy Nelson, the UFC have announced his replacement. At the finale, scheduled for December 8 in Las Vegas, Matt Mitrione will step in and fight “Big Country”. Sources confirm that the fight has been agreed to by both camps.

MMAWeekly ran the story:

The TUF 16 head coach, Roy Nelson, will now square off with a former castmate of his from when he was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights, Matt Mitrione. Carwin and Nelson coached opposite each other during the TUF 16 season, while Nelson and Mitrione were actually on the same Team Rashad Evans during the TUF 10 season.

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Broadcast: FX, FUEL TV and Facebook*

  • Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson
  • “TUF 16″ tournament final
  • Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario
  • Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner
  • James Head vs. Mike Pyle
  • Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Nick Catone vs. T.J. Waldburger
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel
  • Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana
  • Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius
  • Tim Elliott vs. Jared Papazian
  • John Cofer vs. Mike Rio

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