The Ultimate Fighter season ten winner and MMA veteran Roy “Big Country” Nelson recently received the disappointing news that scheduled opponent Shane Carwin, with whom he had been developing a tepid online feud, would be forced out of their planned UFC 125 bout with a back injury.
Shortly after Carwin revealed that he would be unable to compete at UFC 125, PRIDE legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic spoke with Fighters Only and expressed interest in stepping on Carwin’s behalf (though the last time he did that, for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, he turned in one of the poorest performances of his career), saying, “I think Roy’s style matches very well with mine, we could have a good fight. I didn’t hear anything from the UFC yet, but lets see if they call me.”
“Big Country” took to his Facebook account to reply to “Cro Cop’s” statement of interest, revealing that he welcomes a fight with the renowned striker and is excited for the challenge it would be.
“I wonder if Lorenzo [Fertitta, UFC co-owner] is going to call CroCop to see if he wants to fight, he is [a] legend and has done some great things, would love the challenge,” Nelson posted. “But as everybody knows I just like to fight the best and the challenges that it brings.”
Now official word has come down yet concerning Carwin’s replacement against Nelson and it will be interesting to see if the UFC chooses “Cro Cop” with the memory of his dreadful UFC 119 fight with Frank Mir still fresh on the mind.