Shane Carwin (12-1 MMA) has informed his fans that he will be undergoing Neck and back surgery and will be out until mid-to-late next year. Shane was set to co-headline UFC 125 against Roy Nelson (15-5 MMA) and was already shaping up to be quite a fun twitter war of words between the two of them.
Shane was coming off a first round domination of ex-champ Brock Lesnar only to gas out and be submitted in the second round. Roy is coming off a tough decision loss to the next in line for a title fight, Junior Dos Santos. Both were in the upper half of the heavyweight division and it looked to be great fight, and the fans wanted to see it.
With the fight off now the search is on for a replacement opponent for Roy Nelson.
Frank Mir (14-5 MMA) is the best logical fit to step up and fight Roy Nelson. They are both seasoned fighters with black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Fans have already seen a teaser on this fight way back in 2003 with this Grapplers Quest video.
The fight would be big for both fighters, and leave us with a top competitor in the Heavyweight division when it’s all said and done. The trash talk would be great and either striking or grappling the fight would be exciting
Roy has great control and wrestling, and has proven he can KO guys standing. Frank Mir has shown he can drop fighters with his standup and submit off his back. They both share similar traits and that is what would make this fight so good for the fans. There will be a lot of fighting where ever the fight happens, either on the mat or standing and trading it will be fireworks.
Another option that has come out of nowhere is the former heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia (27-6). This match up has been blowing around the social network recently but how much truth is actually there is unknown. Sylvia hasn’t fought in the UFC since UFC 81 in 2008 and has gone 3-2 in five fights.
The Carwin vs. Nelson fight was suppose to be the co-main event but with the replacement and today’s merger news, the replacement fight will not fill the co-main event slot. That slot will be filled by Jose Aldo making his first defense of the UFC featherweight title.