UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin recently took to his Twitter account to announce his likely appearance on the upcoming New Year’s Eve UFC card. In his post, he made a plea for an opponent and it seems as though the slot has now been filled. MMAFighting.com has learned from sources close to the fight that a heavyweight bout between Carwin and Roy “Big Country” Nelson is currently in the works for UFC 125.
According to MMAFighting, the only possible hang up at this point in time is Nelson’s recovery from knee surgery; which he underwent immediately on the heels of his UFC 117 fight with Junior dos Santos.
Nelson and Carwin are both coming off of losses, with “Big Country” having posted a unanimous decision defeat to dos Santos and Carwin having been submitted in the second round of a June title fight against UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
The two heavyweight fighters managed to cultivate a rivalry after going back-and-forth with insults fired off through their Twitter accounts.
Carwin was recently implicated in a federally-investigated steroids conspiracy, appearing on a list of clients to Applied Pharmacy Services who have allegedly received steroids from the drug company. Carwin was named along with 21 other professional athletes as having purchased illegal performance enhancing drugs from APS; however, he has never tested positive for steroid usage. What, if any, impact this ongoing situation has on a prospective bout with Nelson is unknown.