Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweights Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin will serve as coaches for the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“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 more different,” said UFC president Dana White.
“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 and I guarantee it’ll make for great TV.”
The long-running reality series returns to FX in September and will feature a live finale in December—including the bout between Nelson and Carwin.
“When I found out I was going to be a TUF coach I was like ‘Wow me!’ When I found out I was coaching against Shane Carwin I was so happy to get a chance to compete against this guy,” said Nelson (17-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who got his start in the UFC after winning the 10th season of TUF. “As for being in the same room as him, I try not hang out with people that make me feel icky on the inside but, to coach TUF, I will make an exception.
“Shane Carwin can think he is the better fighter and coach, but I will do my best and try to represent the Average Joe and show my team that, with hard work, you can walk away a winner against any fighter.”
Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), the former interim heavyweight champ, said he can’t wait to solve his recent social media war of words with Nelson inside the octagon.
“I also asked to coach against Roy Nelson,” Carwin said. “The fans know how I like to conduct myself both in and out of the Octagon, and I respect every fighter, coach, official and fan in the UFC. But I cannot respect a man like Roy Nelson — because he shows no respect himself. He is a keyboard warrior who doesn’t have the guts to talk trash to my face, but now he’s going to have to be in the same room, the same gym and finally the same Octagon as me.
“I know I am a better fighter and trainer than he is. I will prove I’m a better trainer in TUF and then, when we fight, I will hit him harder than anyone has ever hit him and teach him some respect.”