Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson Selected as Next TUF on FX Coaches

July 12, 2012
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Shane Carwin and Roy NelsonUFC president Dana White on Wednesday night announced Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos as the coaches for the upcoming Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes in Australia. The UFC on Thursday announced that heavyweights Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson would take on the same role in the next edition of TUF on FX in the United States.

After TUF: Live failed to gain any significant traction on FX, at least compared to past seasons on Spike TV, the series is going back to its pre-recorded format and ditching the “jive live” experiment. White has indicated there will likely be other changes as well, but has yet to reveal any details.

Carwin, a former interim UFC heavyweight champion, is returning after more than a year, having had neck surgery. Nelson has been fighting steadily and is coming off of a first-round knockout of Dave Herman.

“This is going to be a very interesting dynamic between these two heavyweights. They both have huge punching power and great chins but, outside of the Octagon, they couldn’t be more different,” commented White. “These two have been going at it on social media for a while and don’t seem to like each other very much, but they are going to be seeing a lot of each other during this series and I guarantee it’ll make for great TV.”

The fighters appear to agree.

“Coaching TUF is something I asked for and really wanted to do,” said Carwin. “I see myself being an MMA coach when my own career is over.

“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 has always clashed to a degree with White, so it came as a bit of a surprise to him that he was selected as a TUF coach. He sees it as a great opportunity, however, and relishes the chance to coach opposite Carwin.

“When I found out I was coaching against Shane Carwin, I was so happy to get a chance to compete against this guy. As for being in the same room as him, I try not hang out with people that make me feel icky on the inside but, to coach TUF, I will make an exception,” he stated.

“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.”

The next session of TUF on FX will begin taping in early August with the premier episode slated for some time in September.


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  • Lesnardo

    Roy Nelson lost to Ben Rothwell. He has never beat anyone with big name except for over-the-hill Cro Cop.

    Shane Carwin will kill this fatso.

    Two things come to my mind. First, Shane definitely needs more hype and recognition. This show is perfect for that. Second, why is the UFC keep using Roy as a stepping stone for the big boys of the UFC? Why not feed Roy to Overeem when the latter returns?

    • fightfankevin

      Roy is every bit as good a fighter as Carwin. You mention Roy’s loss to Rothwell (5 years ago btw), and win over CroCop, yet Carwin’s only significant win was over Frank Mir. But both guys did take JDS the distance, however Roy didnt need steroids to do it.

      • Lesnardo

        Roy is as good as Carwin? Carwin destroyed Frank Mir. Roy lost to Frank Mir.

        Roy is a notch below Carwin.

  • opposition13

    This is excellent news, now I wont waste my time watching this episode. The irony, a fat man is going to train new comers? Wow….

    • kevstinx

      You thick or something? Did you not watch as you call the ‘fat man’ win and make a mockery out of TUF, whilst Kimbo was considered the golden egg.

      Shows that muppet’s like you are easily swayed by advertising.

      Nelson would easily out run you and is a top heavyweight fighter.

  • pooby

    Where did they find a picture of Nelson in a suit? Is that photoshop. I always picture him walking around in a dirty “Who Farted?” t-shirt.

  • TKDGuy

    I’m happy that the show is going back to the pre-recorded format – I thought it sucked as a live show.

    I’m not a fan of Big Country, but I don’t discount him either. We’ll see how they do as coaches, and their fight will be a good one to watch.

  • phrankthetank

    So they won’t do griffin vs Bonnar because they’re not contenders, but they’ll do carwin vs big country?

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      The coaches fight better be on the Finale card. This doesnt need to be a PPV match.

    • dathump

      both Carwin and Nelson could be contenders, maybe not against JDS, but pretty much the rest of the division, depending on how Carwin has recovers and how Nelson applies himself. both are well rounded fighters who can teach newbies lots. Just cause nelson is fat don’t mean he doesnt have skills. I like both Griffin and Bonner, but they really arn’t signifigant in the UFC anymore. they will always have thier place as the 1st tuf winners and their epic battle, lets not ruin that.

      • Drewsiph87

        Carwin has proven he is no legitimate threat to JDS considering the ass whooping he took. But Roy was able to get JDS down, he couldnt hold him there but he did and that was before he started losing weight. Also he took JDS the distance and was never even knocked down by JDS’s power. Roy could be a legitimate threat to JDS as champion. Especially if he can find a way to hold JDS down, he could likely tap him out.

  • adam1848

    Wouldn’t be at all surprised if Nelson submits Carwin, but I don’t really care either way. All Shane has is punching power. Roy has a much more diverse skill set and has as good a chin as anybody. I’m fine with them fighting, but not sure why they were selected as coaches.

    • Lesnardo

      Dude…Roy is gonna go to sleep. Carwin would destroy Roy.

      Roy is a level below Carwin. Carwin destroyed Frank Mir. Frank Mir destroyed Roy.

      • Drewsiph87

        Roy will win, he is a better striker and actually has a better ground game. Carwin hits hard sure, but Nelson has one of the strongest chin in MMA. Your logic is flawed. Carwin beating Mir has no connection to the outcome of Carwin vs. Nelson. Using your logic then Andrei Arlovski would smash Fedor, since Arlovski smashed Werdum and Werdum tapped out Fedor in the first 90 seconds. But wait.. Fedor ko’d Arlovski in the first round, hmm. Also need to keep in mind Nelson went to a decision with JDS and took alot of damage in that fight. If JDS can’t put Nelson to sleep, then I really do not see a slow tired Carwin doing it.

        • Lesnardo

          Andre did NOT smack Werdum. Wasn’t it a split decision. Werdum at the Andre fight was pre-Chut Boxe.

          JDS can’t put Nelson out therefore Nelson can beat Carwin?

          MMA Math is generally valid. It is not the golden rule. But it is not the exception either. MMA Math is good 80% of the time when everything else remains the materially the same.

  • samflchr

    Roy Nelson has skills but disrespects the sport with the way he looks he’s a fat slob and there’s know way he will beat Carwin he’s got to much power he might fight anybody but winning is in important too its not like he will ever be a champion he got man handled by Mir and do santos kick the **** out of him

  • pooby

    So Roy thinks he represents “Average Joes”. It’s a little pathetic that someone with that body would be considered average.

    • dathump

      It is a little pathetic, but unfortunatly it true. 40% in the US are considered obese.

  • http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/ UFCFightBlogger

    Even if TUF 16 ends up being entertaining, it wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as if Bonnar and Griffin were coaches. I can’t believe the UFC turned down Bonnar and Griffin for Nelson and Carwin. Big mistake.

    Check out this article about TUF 16 http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/news/roy-nelson-shane-carwin-coach-tuf-16-ross-pearson-george-sotiropoulos-coach-tuf-uk-australia/

    • Drewsiph87

      Bonnar and Griffin would be awesome. But it likely has to do with Griffin has already beaten Bonnar twice, and the second fight was so one sided it was sad.

  • zap

    Fight makes sense. Both are world class heavies, despite Roy’s appearance. BJJ black belt, KO power, hard to KO. Carwin is a decorated wrestler with ridiculous power, and now healthy. And Carwin, eventho he took a beatin by the champ, was FIVE seconds away from choking him out at the bell. Carwin can be champ. Roy can’t, but is still world class.

    • Lesnardo

      How is Roy Nelson a world-class HW?

      Who did he beat to prove that? Other than surviving 3 rounds with JDS, losing to Werdum and Frank Mir (both are middle-of-the-pack dudes), beating over-the-hill Cro Cop and other irrelevant monkeys of the UFC like Stefan Struve, Brenden Schaub and Pewee Herman, what has Roy Nelson done?

  • Lesnardo

    Roy’s wins in the UFC against: Brenden Schaub, Stefan Struve, Cro Cop (over-the-hill) and Pewee Herman.

    Roy’s losses in the UFC: JDS, Frank Mir, and Werdum.

    Roy loses anytime he faces a decent top 10 fighter.