SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 12: Mixed martial arts fighter Shane Carwin waves to the fans before throwing out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on April 12, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
As we previously reported, the cable network television reality show has abandoned its live format and will return to tape delay. Filming is expected to begin next month at the TUF training center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"This is going to be a very interesting dynamic between these two heavyweights. They both have huge punching power and great chins, but outside of the octagon, they couldn't be any more different. These two have been going at it on social media for a while and don't seem to like each other very much, but they are going to be seeing a lot of each other during this series."
Carwin and Nelson were first paired off for a 265-pound brawl at the UFC 125 event back in early 2010; however, "The Engineer" was forced to pull out of the contest due to an ailing back.
Carwin (12-2) hasn't been seen since a brutal, three round unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos back in June 2011. It was s striking clinic from "Cigano" and one that sent his power-punching foe to his second straight loss inside the Octagon.
Prior to his Brazilian beatdown, Carwin let the UFC heavyweight title slip through his fingers after getting choked out by Brock Lesnar in June of 2010.
Time to get back on the horse.
Nelson (17-7) managed to return to the win column with a knockout over Dave Herman at the UFC 146 pay-per-view event back in May. "Big Country" is 4-3 since winning the TUF 10 title, but has yet to beat a top five opponent in his weight class.
Will he make Carwin his stepping stone to bigger and better things within the division?
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on the upcoming season of TUF 16 as they become available.