Dana White announced yesterday that Shane Carwin was out of his fight with Roy Nelson with a knee injury and TUF alum Matt Mitrione has agreed to face Nelson.
UFC officials announced the new fight today and the UFC will now look for a new opponent for Phil De Fries for UFC 155, since he was scheduled to take on Mitrione.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale will take place on December 15th from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotal & Casino in Las Vegas and will be shown live on FX.
Mitrione (5-1) started his MMA career by becoming a contestant on season ten of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which Nelson won that season.
He started his career with five straight victories and suffered his first career defeat last year at UFC 137 to Cheick Kongo, when he was defeated by decision.
Nelson (17-7) has gone 4-3 since entering the UFC and his UFC losses are against Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir and Fabricio Werdum. He has won two of his last three fights and defeated Dave Herman in 51 seconds at UFC 146 earlier this year, which won the knockout of the night bonus.
The current TUF 16 Finale fight card is below:
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione
TUF 16 Final
James Head vs. Mike Pyle
Tim Elliott vs. Jared Papazian
Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner
Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier
Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius
Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel
Nick Catone vs. T.J. Waldburger
Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana
John Cofer vs. Mike Rio