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Shane Carwin injures knee, out of planned TUF 16 Finale fight against Roy Nelson

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Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin has blown out his knee according to UFC President Dana White, forcing a quick reshuffling of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale main event against Roy Nelson in just one month.

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As if this sixteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) couldn't get any more disappointing.

UFC President Dana White just revealed moments ago that the highly anticipated heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin is off after an injury to "The Engineer:

Normally reserved, the former UFC Heavyweight interim champion Carwin had finally started to come out of his shell during this past season of TUF after Nelson and his goofy antics began to get under his skin. As rival coaches on this season, their fight was expected to headline The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Dec. 15, 2012 in Las Vegas.

The TUF curse strikes again. Since moving to Fox, none of the planned fights between coaches of The Ultimate Fighter have actually taking place. TUF Brazil coach Vitor Belfort was pulled from his UFC 149 fight against Wanderlei Silva following a hand injury, UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz also blew out his knee before a planned title defense against Urijah Faber following The Ultimate Fighter Live and now Carwin.

It looks like all the fuss about those random drug tests are for naught.

Who's your pick to replace Carwin in just one month against "Big Country?" At 37 years old and after experiencing yet another horrible career setback, will Shane Carwin ever fight again in the UFC?

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