Though he’s still recovering from knee surgery following a defeat to Junior Dos Santos back in August, Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson has revealed his disappointment that his proposed fight at UFC 125 on January 1st has been canceled.

“My doctors said I shouldn’t fight again until February or March, but I stepped up because the UFC wanted me to,” Carwin tells

The TUF season 10 winner had been scheduled to fight Shane Carwin in the co-main event of the New Years Day show, but after Carwin pulled out due to an injury the UFC decided to also take Nelson off the card as well rather than find a suitable opponent.

It’s a decision that’s left him feeling a little hard done-by.

“I think my feelings were a little hurt. I was hoping they could find somebody to replace him. This is one of the biggest cards of the year, and I was in the co-main event, and I was really trying to make sure my knee was better,” says Nelson. “The UFC really pushed me hard to get through with my rehab so I could fight on this card.

“I stepped up for the UFC and I hoped they would do the same for me,” he adds.

Though it’s good to see that he’s hungry to get back into the mix in the UFC I think this is actually the right step for Nelson. Rushing him back from a knee injury is only going to risk further problems occurring down the line so the extra time he now has to recover can only be beneficial.