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)
And while the latter is busy giving UFC President Dana White headaches, the former is favored at the sportsbooks.
That's because the MMA Oddsbreaker show has inserted Carwin as the -200 favorite for the heavyweight hustle that will take place at the conclusion of TUF 16, likely at the live Finale on Dec. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Big Country" brings up the rear at +150.
Anyone rushing to lay some coin on Nelson here? After all, "The Engineer" will have been out of action for well over a year and dealt with multiple injuries in the meantime. Any takers?
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 a 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?
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