Next month, the UFC returns with their 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter, as coaches Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin train 16 UFC hopefuls in the Welterweight division. As is tradition, the show will also end with the coaches battling it out, with Carwin vs. Nelson set for the TUF Finale on December 1.
When Carwin and Nelson were announced as coaches, it seemed like an odd pairing in some ways. Often, the coaches will either have some sort of personal rivalry, or be set for a future title shot. These two don't have much history (though they were scheduled to fight at UFC 125 before injuries derailed the fight) or conflict between them. But, with the TUF debut approaching, bad blood is starting to come up.
Shane Carwin recently spoke to the team at BJPenn.com and had some interesting comments on Nelson:
I'm sure he will probably test my nerves... I'm sure it will be exciting and I know we don't like one another so I'm sure it will make for some good television. I don't know the guy and I've never hung around him. To be honest with you I never wanted to hang around him! He's a talented fighter and if he would take things more serious he could take it to another level. He's a dangerous guy with some power and he's great on the ground. All I have fought is the best and so has he and I'm looking forward to getting in there with him.
The Ultimate Fighter season 16 debuts on FX on Friday, September 14. More details on the season are available here.
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For Carwin, the TUF Finale fight will be particularly important, as it will mark his return from a year and a half layoff. Carwin has only fought once since his 2010 UFC Heavyweight title fight loss to Brock Lesnar, as injuries have kept him on the shelf for most of the past two years. But, as Carwin says in the interview, he's done with surgery, and is getting back in to fighting shape:
I feel like I am getting back to where I was before the injuries... If I sound a little tired it's because I had my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. Everything is looking better every day and I'm excited about getting back into the cage and getting after it. I'm not training at full strength yet, but we are picking up the pace and increasing the intensity every day. I don't want to jump back in too fast and reinjure myself.