UFC 125: Shane Carwin vs Roy Nelson confirmed for Jan. 1 in Las Vegas


So you wanna be a contender?

Super-sized heavyweight hopefuls Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson have been confirmed for a 265-pound throwdown at the upcoming UFC 125 event, currently scheduled for Jan. 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"The Engineer" confirmed the match-up earlier today via his official Twitter account.

Carwin held the division's Interim title when reigning champion Brock Lesnar had his intestines up in a bunch. Upon his return, the former WWE-star survived a first round blitzkrieg to come back and submit the Greg Jackson-disciple via arm-triangle choke at UFC 116 back in July.

It was Carwin's first loss in 12 appearances, and one that has made the power-punching collegiate wrestling champion hungrier than ever.

Speaking of hungry, Nelson was also on the fast-track to bigger and better opportunities within the division -- until he ran headfirst into a Brazilian roadblock named Junior dos Santos at UFC 117 last August.

"Cigano" took home the unanimous decision win and the right to challenge the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 on Oct. 23.

The loss snapped "Big Country's" undefeated streak since graduating from the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), but you can bet your bottom dollar a win over Carwin would carry him right back to the top of the contender's list.

Can Nelson take a punch? Can Carwin last more than one round? Time will tell.

UFC 125, recently announced via the website's "Ultimate Insider," is expected to be headlined by lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, as he defends his title in a rematch against undefeated Gray Maynard.

Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann and Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera are also expected to be announced for the Jan. 1 pay-per-view in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to this still-developing fight card.

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