It appears the injury trend in mixed martial arts will continue through 2012.
UFC President Dana White took to Twitter to announce that former UFC Interim Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin blew out his knee and would have to pull out of his coaches match against Roy Nelson, which was scheduled to happen Dec. 15 on the “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.”
In addition to White’s announcement about Carwin, the UFC tweeted that former lightweight title contender Gray Maynard also suffered a knee injury would be pulling out his match with Joe Lauzon at UFC 155. The UFC later announced that Jim Miller would be taking Maynard’s place.
With 30 submission victories between the two of them, the Miller and Lauzon should be an entertaining battle on the ground. Lauzon is coming off of an impressive win over former WEC champion Jamie Varner while Miller is looking to rebound from a loss against Nate Diaz.
With his injury, Carwin has become the fifth “Ultimate Fighter” coach in seven seasons to have withdrawn from the coaches’ match.
Vitor Belfort (“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil”) and Dominick Cruz (“The Ultimate Fighter: Live”) sustained injuries while coaching on the show.
Brock Lesnar (“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos”) pulled out his coaches fight due to the return of his diverticulitis. Tito Ortiz (“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz”) left the show due to neck surgery.
The UFC has not announced a replacement to fight Nelson in December.
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