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Shane Carwin pulls out of bout

Updated: October 27, 2010, 10:44 AM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin says he's pulling out of a high-profile New Year's Day bout with a back injury.

Carwin (12-1) announced his decision on his blog Tuesday. He was expected to fight Roy Nelson in the co-main event at UFC 125 in the MGM Grand Garden.

He says he has unspecified damage to his back that may require surgery.

Carwin was unbeaten until his second-round submission loss to Brock Lesnar last July.

The UFC has no obvious replacement ...

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