“I expect to be on the January 1st card. I do not have an opponent yet,” Carwin wrote on Twitter. “I do not care who the opponent is. I have been in the gym working hard. It is time to see where I belong in the mix.”
The matchup, first rumored in August after Carwin and Nelson traded shots on Twitter, has not yet been made official and could be pushed back to February as Nelson recovers from knee surgery, MMA Fighting reports.
Carwin (12-1) scored a first-round knockout of Frank Mir in March to win an interim title, then nearly finished champ Brock Lesnar in the opening round at July’s UFC 116 only to be tire and be submitted in the second. The loss marked Carwin’s first in the UFC following four-straight wins inside the Octagon.
Nelson (15-5) dropped a tough unanimous decision to rising contender Junior dos Santos in August after The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner began his UFC career with back-to-back wins over Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve.
(Pictured: Shane Carwin)
Updated at 2pm ET with Roy Nelson as Carwin’s likely opponent. Originally posted at 1pm ET