Roy Nelson knocked out Matt Mitrione in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale last night (Sat., Dec. 15, 2012) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a spectacularly awesome performance from "Big Country," who continued his streak of victories inside the Octagon all coming by way of knockout.
It's just too bad it didn't come against the guy it was supposed to.
That's because Shane Carwin, who coached opposite Nelson all throughout season 16 of TUF, suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to pull out of the bout, the second time the two were unable to complete a scheduled date thanks to "The Engineer's" injury issues.
There won't be a third.
In his post-fight interview with FUEL TV, Nelson said he's moving on to bigger and better things:
"I'm focusing on somebody else besides Shane. I've already been down that road twice and I'm already over it. We already know who is the best coach because my guy won."
Nelson has every reason to want to move on with his career. He's won two fights in a row while Carwin is 0-2 his last couple times out and has fought just twice since July 2010. Also, he's busy auditioning for movies.