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“Big Country” KO’s Imes, Rubs Belly in Triumph

(If Taco Bell is looking for a fighter to sponsor, they may have found their man.)

There’s no getting around it, Roy Nelson is fat. He doesn’t just have a little extra padding. He isn’t chunky. The man’s got a body like a hastily packed duffel bag. Just looking at him, he seems like someone who’s face you might get all up into if he spilled his beer on you at a tractor pull. Of course, judging by some of his recent fights you’d probably end up face down in the parking lot, but that’s what you get for going to tractor pulls and causing trouble.

Nelson needed just under three minutes to stop Brad Imes at last night’s IFL event, retaining his heavyweight title after out-slugging the 6’7″ Imes. Nelson has yet to go beyond the first round in a title defense, begging the question, will the IFL have to go searching for more credible opponents to face “Big Country”? Imes was brought in as a last minute replacement for Brandon Lee Hinkle (who can also hardly be said to be credible), but as Nelson keeps knocking out the heavyweight ringers, the competition needs to improve before we know how good he really is.

Nelson said afterwards that he considers himself in the top five of the heavyweight division, and suggested that maybe if he quit fighting for a while he might finally break into some of those top ten lists. It seems to have worked for Ben Rothwell, who Nelson lost a narrow decision to a little over a year ago.

In other IFL action, Ryan Schultz outpointed a game Deividas Taurosevicius, who proved to be the anti-Kalib Starnes when he broke his foot in the first round and yet didn’t turn the fight into a track meet as a result. As a matter of fact, he kept coming forward, supplying offense, and, you know, fighting despite the injury. Imagine that.

Full results after the jump.

EDIT: Roy Nelson vs. Brad Imes video added (props MMA Scraps)

John Franci def. Frank Latina via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:19 of round 1
Aaron Stark def. Lamont Lister via decision (unanimous)
John Howard def. Nick Calandrino via TKO (strikes) 2:24 of round 3
Matt Horwich def. Joey Guel via decision (unanimous)
Josh Souder def. Zac George via TKO (punches) at 0:47 round 1
Danillo Villefort def. Mike Massenzio via submission (kneebar) at 3:34 of round 1
Dan Miller def. Ryan McGivern via submission (kneebar) at 3:36 of round 1
Ryan Schultz def. Devidas Taurosevicius via decision (unanimous)
Roy Nelson def. Brad Imes via TKO (punches) at 2:55 of round 1


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bellybldr- July 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm
The guys gut is awesome.. something he should be proud of, show it off, grow it
walrus- May 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm
"but that’s what you get for going to tractor pulls and causing trouble."


I like the sound of a fat, over weight redneck as a heavyweight champ.
TheFightJournal- May 18, 2008 at 2:05 am
"The man’s got a body like a hastily packed duffel bag." - Best line I have read in a long time. Funny and accurate. Well done.
Geoff- May 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm
Lol at bonemans comment.

This fight looked like 2 rednecks just trading fists. That was a terrible fight. I saw like a few kicks which didn't rly even connect. These guys fail.
Sam- May 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm
Well if that's the case, Nelson just raped pussy.
Le stEakHammer- May 17, 2008 at 11:38 am
Imes is a big fucking pussy
Anonymous- May 17, 2008 at 9:50 am
rofl "proving he's got a solid chin" wtf he got rocked with the first decent punch
dandaman- May 17, 2008 at 7:50 am
tully: the difference between faber and nelson is that the featherweight division isnt very developed compared to the heavyweight division.
tully- May 17, 2008 at 1:08 am
hooooolldd it right there. SO i see some people saying this guy is not a top ranked heavyweight because he isnt fighting and tough competition and he is in the IFL which doesnt have much real competition.

well the same can be said about urijah faber but he is top ranked all over the place. he hasnt beaten anybody real and he is in a little organization with not much competition.

koing guys in ifl wont get you ranked higher, but wins over wimps in WEC makes you top ranked?

basically faber sucks. any conversation i have about mma ever will bring me back to this point.
Boneman- May 17, 2008 at 12:36 am
What a couple of SLOBS....Maybe they can have their after-party in Tank-Abbotts basement...

Just Pathetic....
MKXii- May 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm
Their future ring will be.
Rob Enderle- May 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm
ITs fucking retarded when the NFL calls their winners 'World Champions" but the IFL has some balls to add "IFL heavyweight title of the world".
If UFC and DREAM are the major leagues and Elite is Triple A, then the IFL falls somewhere class A and Rookie league (which I presume would be the UFC reality shiat)

The best Bas comments are always when the button is on mute.

Speaking of Taco Bell, Nelson has the physique of Kimbo's backyard slugs so who knows.... If Kimbo decides to fight a top 10 HW maybe Bas will convince us that this side of lard is one.

I wanna see Nelson fight Ricco Rodriguez.
Popetastic- May 16, 2008 at 6:18 pm
This ring doesn't much look like a hexagon to me.
hah- May 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm
that looked like a backyard boxing match at a redneck bbq
Warcraft- May 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm
I don't see how hes top 5.
I love bas saying hes got stamina really how much stamina can you have carrying some extra 20lbs. around or maybe thats just all reserve energy he storing up in there.

He can keep KOing the IFL guys all day it won't get you ranked any higher unless you fight some tuffer oppoents.

Where's the nearest Taco Bell I'm starving.
Anonymous- May 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm
vids? pwease?