Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin has pulled out of his UFC 125 bout with Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. Speaking via his website, Carwin had this to say:
“I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. As you may know I have been having some back pain, I had an MRI scan yesterday and I have some damage that might require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out for 8 – 12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery, I don’t know how long I will be out of action for”
Carwin then added:
“I was really looking forward to fighting again and obviously this is a very disappointing turn of events. My manager said – you can’t fight the best fighters in the world with just heart, It is time to stop limping up the mountain and get healthy so you can climb on your own terms. I have been up all night thinking about this decision and what I might be missing by making it.”
Carwin later tweeted:
“Roy Nelson and my engineering boss are the only ones happy about this”.
If all you die hard fans out there are wondering who will now step in to replace Carwin at UFC 125, you may be pleasantly surprised as Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic has showed some interest, Mirko had this to say on the matter:
“It would be an interesting fight for sure. I think Roy (Nelson’s) style matches up 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”.
Carwin is obviously not happy pulling out of this fight, but it does open up doors for other fighters to progress through the Heavyweight ranks – Be it Big Country or Cro Cop, nothing is official yet regarding the replacement but with Brendan Schaub getting back to back wins maybe he will look to avenge his loss to Big Country and push himself one step further toward the title mix, Brock Lesnar might even be interested as I’m sure he’s eager to get back into the Octagon sooner rather than later.
Let your thoughts be heard LowKickers!
Source: Fighters Only