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Roy Nelson Always Expected Shane Carwin To Cancel Fight

Roy Nelson isn’t one to shy away from speaking his mind.

Nelson has been quick to say exactly how he feels when it concerns his former opponent, Shane Carwin. The two, who coached the ongoing season of The Ultimate Fighter, were set to square off later this month.

However, after Carwin suffered extensive damage to his knee, the former interim UFC heavyweight champion was forced to pull out of the fight. In his place will be Matt Mitrione, who faces Nelson in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.

As far as “Big Country” is concerned, he never really figured he would face Carwin.

“It’s not the first time he’s pulled out of a fight with me,” said Nelson, during a recent interview with “I was just kind of getting through the day (when filming TUF). I really didn’t care. If he showed up, he showed up. If he didn’t he didn’t. For somebody that said he wanted to punch me in my face, I guess he really didn’t want to punch me in my face too bad.”

Nelson (17-7) will be looking to improve to 5-3 inside the UFC, as the former Ultimate Fighter winner recently topped Dave Herman after falling to Fabricio Werdum.

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