The former UFC interim heavyweight champion believes “Big Country” is an average fighter, and furthermore, he intends on knocking him out when they eventually lock horns.
“This will be the first time in my adult life that I wont be working. I will just be focusing on developing a team to win the show and focusing on preparing to knock Roy Nelson out. That is my new job and my new passion. I know Roy likes to be the UFC's Jester but he better know this is not a joke for me. He can keep striving for being average, I am pushing myself and those around me to find the American Dream. The dream that comes from lots of hard work and sacrifice, no gimmicks necessary,” Carwin said.
For a while now, Carwin and Nelson have been at loggerheads, so it’s bound to make for great viewing when the show airs on FX in September.
That said, both fighters hit like mules and possess some of the sturdiest chins in all of MMA. While Nelson’s only KO loss came at the hands of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski back in 2008, Carwin has never suffered the same fate.
Carwin’s last outing was a three-round drumming courtesy of current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos back in June of 2011—something that Nelson was privy to, as almost a year earlier, he too was subjected to the punches of the division's heaviest hitter.
Following that loss, it was revealed that Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) required back surgery—an injury that has kept him out of the mix for over a year.
Prior to the aforementioned defeat, “The Engineer” failed in his quest to capture UFC glory when former heavyweight titlist and mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar submitted him via arm-triangle choke.
Apropos Nelson (17-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC), having suffered a beating by Fabricio Werdum, he would then bounce back in emphatic fashion—a 51-second knockout victory over Dave Herman at UFC 146, which garnered him Knockout of the Night honors.
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