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Battle of the Bulge: Big Country Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier a Go for UFC 166

(How fucked up is it that *this* is the #1 search result when you type “Roy Nelson clean shaven” into Google? Photo via Getty.) 

Update: The matchup has been formally announced as the co-main event for UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3.

In the weeks leading up to his scrap with Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, it appeared as if Roy Nelson would be headed for the greener pastures of an MMA promotion that wasn’t run by a guy who hates his fat ass. In the days following Nelson’s three round trouncing at the hands of Miocic, it was the general consensus that Bellator was a CHICK’N Crisp sandwich away from luring in one of MMA’s top heavyweights at a steal of a price. So how does Nelson now find himself in line to fight Daniel Cormier, a former Strikeforce champion who is coming off a (tepid) win over Frank Mir in his UFC debut?

Perhaps we should step back for a second. You see, prior to UFC 161, Nelson had strung together a nice little three-fight win streak (all via KO) and was looking to break himself off a piece of that Daniel Cormier hype. Imploring the classic UFC strategy of declaring that the fight “wouldn’t make sense,” then trying to turn it into a #1 contender fight for another division’s title, then bringing race into the equation, Nelson was able to successfully troll his way into a fight with Cormier despite coming off a loss. Huzzah! The likelihood of this fight coming to fruition is all dependent, of course, on how Nelson’s contract negotiations with the UFC go, according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

Then again, you could argue that Nelson was more impressive in defeat than Cormier was in victory based purely on the amount of shots he was able to absorb without being knocked out. It would be an insane argument to make, but hey, Tim Sylvia would probably have your back. In either case, the pair is tentatively set to throw down at UFC 166, which goes down on October 19th in Houston, Texas.

In other fight booking news…

Fresh off a first round submission of fellow TUF 17 castmember Adam Cella at UFC on FUEL 9, Tor Troeng has been booked to take on Rafael Natal at UFC on FOX Sports 1:3. Since getting KTFO by Andrew Craig at UFC on FUEL 4, Natal has scored back-to-back wins over a couple of UFC newbies at UFC on FOX 6 and UFC on FX 8. When aliens are trying to piece together human history after it has been wiped off the face of the earth, do you think they’ll wonder why we insisted on making our UFC events as indistinguishable from one another as possible? COMING SOON, UFC on FOFX 1: 00101101 — Velasquez vs. Dos Santos IV (part II). Prelims to be broadcast on FUELbook.

-J. Jones

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mookiestick- July 16, 2013 at 8:54 am
What's the purpose of this fight? My guess is Dana wants Big Country on a 3 fight losing streak then "out". Cormier is ranked at number 3,! That's nearly a title fight. If he loses, his next opponent will be even tougher. Probably the loser of the Velasquez Dos Santos fight.If he wins his opponent will be even tougher but at least that would be earned. If a guy loses a fight his next opponet, theoretically should be of a lesser calibur. Roy's being sent unfairly to the slaughterhouse more than likely because he's on Dana's bad side. Just an opinion.
Limbo Pete- July 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm
In a word: retarded.
humperdinkal- July 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm
Lipitor, Xanax and memantine. Definitely erase any memory from the fight, LOL
Mr_Misanthropy- July 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm
I don't know if I can watch this without freebasing a bottle of Lipitor.
humperdinkal- July 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm
I don't know @algiersheadkick-you make valid points but again, with Nelson having a dynamite chin along with that one hit KO power, Cormier's chin at the very least will be tested with this fight.
algiersheadkick504- July 15, 2013 at 11:28 am
Plus Cormier has techical boxing like mioic so nelson fucked #shouldcutweightyoufatfuck
algiersheadkick504- July 15, 2013 at 11:26 am
I don't care if nelson is a 10th degree black belt in bjj, Cormier is putting him on his back and he won't be able to do shit from it
oc in this bitch- July 15, 2013 at 11:09 am
well in nelsons defence stipe is for sure top 10 and actually top 5 easy by anyone whos been knowing about who stipe is.his petigree is rediculous and he will be challenging for the belt sometime in the near future im sure.athletically hes like no other heavyweight.but yeah cormier should beat nelson but u never know.cormiers never fought a guy that is even decent at best of a striker.
humperdinkal- July 15, 2013 at 11:12 am
@oc-Not sure about that. Can't say he won't beat Nelson, but if Cormier get's hit with a Nelson punch, may be goodnight Irene.
humperdinkal- July 15, 2013 at 11:09 am
I like this matchup. It may seem ludicrous on paper, but Roy and Daniel both are short(in relation of course to other top heavyweights) Both have similar reach. While advantage in power goes to Roy, having one hit KO power, Daniels wrestling may in a good way be an forceful yet good awakening for Roy to start using his great jiu-jitsu skills he hasn't used since the ultimate fighter Kimbo Slice fight. Roy vs Mark Hunt another good fight. In that fat, I could see either one KOing the other, or Nelson taking Hunt down and submitting him.
Alan K- July 15, 2013 at 11:02 am
Who is confirming the fight? We don't even know if Nelson has signed a new UFC contract yet.
mma4everbitchs- July 15, 2013 at 10:10 am
Dana's plan is to have Nelson fully retard shitting and pissing himself forgetting his name and drooling before they ever give him over to belator.
coolsnow7- July 15, 2013 at 9:15 am
So Roy gets his ass handed to him by Stipe who was not top 10, and Joe Silva's best matchmaking sets him up with DC whose 10+ fight win streak includes knocking out Bigfoot, out grappling Barnett, and completely nullifying Mir's offense? This is a silly fight.