The UFC announced in a press release today that on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® makes its long awaited return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin meets Las Vegas’ own Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the night’s five-round main event. The Ultimate Fighter® winner will also be crowned when the Octagon® makes its way back to The Joint.
Carwin and Nelson are this season’s coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. Nelson was last in the Octagon at UFC 146 in July and was able to knockout his opponent, Dave Herman in under a minute. Nelson is 2-1 in his last three fights. For Carwin, it’s been over a year since he last fought. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior dos Santos.
“Roy Nelson has gotten under Shane Carwin’s skin all season and Shane’s ready to try to knock him out,” UFC president Dana White said in the press release. “I don’t expect this one to go the distance. Roy and Shane were civil to each other on ‘TUF,’ but they can’t stand each other and after having to spend six weeks together, Shane said he can’t wait to knock Roy out. These two are both known for having heavy hands. Chances are someone is getting knocked out. Best part is the coaches will fight on the TUF Finale Live on FX from Hard Rock Hotel here in Vegas.”
Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter® Finale go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $304, $254, $179, $154, $104 and $79. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. PT via the websitewww.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Oct. 11, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
The main card will also air live on FX at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.