Shane Carwin came very close to taking Brock Lesnar's title at UFC 116 in July.

Confirming a report that came out last week, UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin (12-1) today announced he will be fighting TUF 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson (15-5) on Jan. 1 as the co-main event of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard‘s lightweight title fight at UFC 125 in Las Vegas.

I will be fighting Roy Nelson on 1-1-11 in Las Vegas Nevada. The fight will be the C0-Main Event of the Edgar Maynard rematch.

I think Roy is a tough opponent for anyone. He has been in several main event situations and has fought a lot of veterans in the sport. I am honored to be fighting again and feel like Roy is a worthy opponent.

My goal for the fight is to be exciting and go home with the win. I have a lot to prove as does Roy so this should make for a great fight.

Thanks for all of your continued support.


As Carwin pointed out, both fighters have a lot to prove. Carwin is coming off a second round submission loss in a title challenge against heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 in July and Nelson is coming off a three-round unanimous decision loss against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117, also in July.

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