Rumors of an Anthony Pettis / Donald Cerrone TUF season turn out to be false as the UFC has unveiled the coaches for both it’s next FX season and it’s UK vs OZ smashes season. For the international season, it will be Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos coaching their countries along. For FX, it will be … Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin!
“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,” Nelson was quoted as saying in a UFC press release. “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.”
Carwin, 37, has been out over a year after receiving multiple surgeries to repair neck and back-related injuries. He last competed in June of 2011 at UFC 131 where he dropped a unanimous decision to now-champion Junior dos Santos.
“I also asked to coach against Roy Nelson,” Carwin stated via release. “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.”
This is a ‘rematch’ of sorts of a fight that was supposed to go down at UFC 125 between the two. Roy had been razzing Shane pretty hard over showing up on the customer list of a company that sells steroids, and what better controversy to base a season of The Ultimate Fighter on? So topical!