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Roy Nelson & Shane Carwin Set To Coach Next TUF Installment | UFC NEWS


The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization is proud to announce the coaches for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter are interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and top heavyweight contender Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson.

Taping for the show’s second season on FX will begin in early August, with the debut episode slated to air in September.

UFC President Dana White said: “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. 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.”

“Working with Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Craig Piligian on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter on FX was one of the highlights of my professional career,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President, FX Networks. “I’m thrilled to be able to continue this working relationship, and I’m extremely confident we’re going to make season two the best possible viewing experience for UFC fans.”

Carwin, 12-2 in his mixed martial arts career, is unquestionably one of the hardest one-shot punchers in the entire sport. He knocked out the likes of Christian Wellisch, Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir en route to winning the interim UFC heavyweight title in 2010. Now fully healthy after back surgery, the former NCAA Division II champion asked for the chance to coach the next generation of UFC stars on the longest-running sports reality TV series in the world.

“I’m very excited to get this opportunity. 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 and can’t wait to start working with my Grudge Training team to help the next generation of UFC stars achieve their dreams.

“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.

“I know I am a better fighter and trainer than he is. I will prove I’m a better trainer in TUF and then, when we fight, I will hit him harder than anyone has ever hit him and teach him some respect.”

Roy Nelson, 17-7 in his MMA career, has been called one of the toughest fighters in any division. Already an experienced campaigner when he entered The Ultimate Fighter house in 2009, ‘Big Country’ defeated Kimbo Slice and Brendan Schaub to become the season 10 TUF champion, before going on to knockout Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop and, most recently, Dave Herman. Nelson is the fifth TUF champion to return to the series as a coach, following Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra.

Las Vegas native Nelson said: “When I found out I was going to be a TUF coach I was like ‘Wow me!’ 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.

“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.”

In other TUF news, filming for The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs UK – the Smashes™ starts in Sydney, Australia this Monday with coaches George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson.

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16 Comments to Roy Nelson & Shane Carwin Set To Coach Next TUF Installment | UFC NEWS

  1. Dave says:

    Two of my favourite fighters!! Tough fight to call in my opinion.. But.. I reckon carwin will take the win though..

  2. KID QUID says:

    I think they could have come up with better ideas for coaches. I like both fighters but def. not who I thought they would pick…

  3. lolziez says:

    i see Big Country taking this. Carwin cant say he will hit him harder then anyone, cause JDS gave Nelson a proper beating and STILL couldnt knock him out, plus Carwins been out to long and i believe will have ring rust that Nelson will take it in the end. I see Nelson winning 2nd rnd via submission and not knockout

    • Brendomagic says:

      @ lolziez I agree with everything you said. But I’d like to add that Roy’s getting in shape now, and buy the end up the season could be really strong. So yea I see Nelson taking this.WAR NELSON

    • ratamahatta says:

      Arlovski was able to knock him out though; Carwin can definitely do it too.

  4. Mike b says:

    I’m happy that the live format is no more.i didn’t get into at all.its good there bringing it back to how it was.good coaches too can’t wait for this season.

  5. Mj says:

    Carwin will probably win thru wrestling, but he is but far not the better fighter. Nelson has better bjj, and is a better technical striker.

  6. KIDD433 says:

    This is gona be a sick one.glad to see carwin finally back.alot of good Match ups 4 him.I see carwin possibly taking it,he’s got serious fire power.Though it is hard to count fatboy out,cuz that SOB can take a punch,and just keeps coming.Then again,Roy getting in better shape does make it more interesting,and hes been active as hell,Fuck,now im confused!!!!!

  7. KIDD433 says:

    This is gona be a sick one.glad to see carwin finally back.alot of good Match ups 4 him.I see carwin possibly taking it,he’s got serious fire power.Though it is hard to count fatboy out,cuz that SOB can take a punch,and just keeps coming.Then again,Roy getting in better shape does make it more interesting,and hes been active as hell,Fuck,now im confused!!!!
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  8. RCVG says:

    hopefully carwin knocks that fat ass out. id have more respect for nelson if he bothered to take care of himself. he would be a beast if he would bother to get in shape.

  9. Clay says:

    Great match up. Roy is always a
    Great match up for almost anyone. I have him winning this via decision tho! Can’t wait

  10. T.DADDY says:

    Roy is gonna get KTFO!

  11. some kid says:

    i havent heard a single thing about the two not liking each other until now. what exactly was said between the two?

  12. Captian Crunch says:

    War Big Country!!! I’m deffinatly tuning in for this!!!

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