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Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson Likely for UFC 117 in August

(Dos Santos knocked out Stefan Struve in 54 seconds. Nelson knocked out Struve in 39 seconds. It’ll be a stretch, but we’re confident that the UFC can somehow twist that into a "grudge match" angle.)

According to a report published this morning on MMA Junkie, a heavyweight tilt between Junior Dos Santos and Roy Nelson is being targeted for UFC 117 (August 7th, Oakland). Nelson was previously slated to fight Cheick Kongo at UFC 116 in July, but Kongo won’t be able to make that date because of a back injury, and since Dos Santos had been stuck in a holding pattern without an opponent, it seems that the UFC will have Cigano and Big Country square off against each other. Dos Santos has already stated that he’d be down to fight the TUF 10 winner, and Nelson would also welcome the matchup:

"That might be a fight that might happen. I’m hoping, all you can do is hope…If you think about who’s out there fighting for the belt, or getting ready to fight for the belt it would be Brock (Lesnar) of course and Shane (Carwin), and then right underneath them it’s Dos Santos and Velasquez. So those are the four guys I’m looking for that can kind of catapult me right into belt contention."

Dos Santos has rolled over all five of his UFC opponents with his savage boxing skills, picking up four first-round KO/TKOs in the process (Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga). But Nelson brings a level of experience, grappling prowess, and unconventional body type that might throw the streaking Brazilian off his game. UFC 117 will be headlined by the middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Also reported for the card are…

Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Hughes
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Tim Boetsch vs. Thiago Silva
Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders

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Coco the Gorilla- May 12, 2010 at 6:42 am
Big Country by flying Aokiplata in the second round.

Almost North- May 11, 2010 at 9:39 am
You throw fake punches, you are going to hear about it. He did it. It won the fight. Deal with it.
ccman- May 11, 2010 at 6:30 am
How do people refer to nelsons sissy punches after 2 ko's in definitive fashion basically says people get 1 impression and never move on..... evolve fuckers or keep trying to convince yourself royce would dominate if he was younger, somewhere else.
bryndy- May 11, 2010 at 5:16 am
This is shaping up to be a pathetic fight card. I don't mind buying the pay-per views because it is cheaper than movie and dinner, but I think I'll wait and read about this one. Chael doesn't stand a chance against Silva-why him of all people I'll never know? Five of last six fights went to a decision. I hope Roy puts JDS in a crucifix and we get to see Roy pound JDS with those sissy punches until the ref stops it a la Kimbo Slice.
ccman- May 11, 2010 at 5:03 am
I sait it after tuf 11. Nelson might be brilliant for sporting that belly.

Give it a chance: he maxes weight with a small frame, makes him tough to wrestle, doesn't get pushed around easily, and obviously hasn't been slowed in stand up from it, nor does he gas quickly. How many times have you heard how much air 265 of muscle needs to keep high paces? Guessin 30#s of fat might be easier.
ghostboner- May 11, 2010 at 12:36 am
@macreadyshack - I don't know if Anderson would fight Dos Santos. He is so very particular, and they both have a strong Noguiera connection... How about Anderson silva vs Kongo. That is a fight that is not going to the ground. Or Anderson vs Cro Cop? Truth be told I think beating most HW will be easier for Anderson because he is going to be way faster than them. But I agree totally that they should just cut the guy free and give him some real fights.
fatbellyfrank- May 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm
A sentence we never thought we'd see in our lifetimes " Big Country gets my panties all in a bunch... seriously."
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm
Roy Nelson : sometimes it really is your genes. The rest of you are fat though.
wifey- May 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Big Country gets my panties all in a bunch... seriously. Part of me wants to go all Jillian Michaels on his ass and get him to look the part of professional fighter. The other part of me is left curious as to how a dude can look like that AND train. WTF does he eat?

I suppose, though, that I should know better than to judge a fighter by his shape - by looks alone Kimbo should destroy everyone in his path.

And I love the manties and all, but if Nelson ever enters the cage in a pair I might have to gouge my eyes out.

fatbellyfrank- May 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm
This shouldn't be to bad of a fight IMO, I loves Ol' Big Country, but I have a sneakin suspicion JDS might just rock his world
PurplePickle- May 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm
The fight I want to see the spider in is Silva vs Jon Jones. I want to see it now, not next year, not after Jones has been built up. I want to see it right now.

Thai clinch vs Nuclear Elbows and Atomic throws. Give it to Jones now while he has something to prove, not when he is trying to keep contendership safe and snug like Koscheck did Saturday night.
iDestroy- May 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm

You know what it is? He made Cro Cop look like he just learned about mma from a buddy a decided to give it a try. I remember talkin up Cro Cop to all my buddys who were ignorant of Pride when he first came to the UFC, then them lookin at me like I'm some sort of retart. Naturally I hate anyone who makes me look retart.

Plus Nelson is soooo cool.

@richard whatsenwhosit

Sorry for robbin the two saints thing. Didn't read anything before I commented.
dranokills- May 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm
Dos santos will destroy big country fat boy, and afterward in a fit of rage Big fatty will puke on Dos santos like in left for dead, and the zombie horde will come eat him.
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Gotcha . . . I wonder what it is about JDS you don't like. Are you a big grappling fan? Dislike big doofy introverted Brazilians? Let me know when you figure it out . . . just curious.
iDestroy- May 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I really don't know if he'll win I just really really want it. For some reason I just don't like JDS. Hopefully Big Country will be able to take him down and put him away. I really like Nelson and want him to do well. I hear Ol' Two Saints hits real hard though.

macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm
@ Mr_Mortality

I know you hate the human race because it takes one to know one. I have excellent sociopath-dar.

By 'anomaly' you mean he resembles a giant hunk of rock hurtling through space, right?

Anyway, I'm glad it's a better match up than I was thinking it would be!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm
@ MacsReadySnacks

How did you know I hate the human race... and women? You are quite skilled with the magic 8 ball. I agree with you, the smart money is on Das Santas, I wouldn't be surprised if that guy manages to wrestle the belt away from Carwin sometime next year. Like eveybody says though, Roy Nelson is a bit of an... anomaly, it's tuf to count the guy out.
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm
@iDestroy: You seriously think JDS is in trouble with Big Country? Care to elaborate on why you're picking Nelson so confidently?
iDestroy- May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Poor JDS. He started off so well..
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm
PurplePickle - I totally agree that a card with A. Silva needs to be stacked. Especially if they're giving him a training wheels fight. Fortunately, Chael will bring it. He probably won't leave with it but he'll damn sure bring it.

I think the UFC has terribly mishandled A Silva. It's like they have Rembrandt on their roster but refuse to give him anything but broken cyan crayolas. I'm not excusing his behavior. The way he acts is bizarre - sort of like a badass Jedi master who has succumbed to the dark side. Or maybe the Bizzaro version of Superman. He needs real challenges - I know it's been said over and over but I'll be Goddamned if Joe Silva is getting the message. This guy transcends belts and titles - he's a superfight machine. None of us want the UFC to regress back into the dark ages of David vs Goliath match-ups but with A Silva it's different. He has the strength, speed, skills, bone density and adaptability to fight in any of weight class 185 and up. They should be using that and giving him real challenges. When it's all said and done, this sport isn't about belts or titles for us hardcore fans (I know I'm generalizing here - maybe not true for everybody). It's about dynamic, badass fights, it's about watching athletes take huge risks and overcome adversity armed with mental and physical training.

I think the UFC and A Silva should abandon ideas about defending or obtaining any title and let him off the leash. Generally, it's a bad practice - basically nobody else should fight in three divisions. But he could and should. There are exceptions to every rule and Silva is the exception.

Fights you would not see A Silva dance around like a crazy child:
A Silva vs:

Junior Dos Santos
Shane Carwin
Machida (I know)
Wanderlei (I know)
Jon Jones
Frank Mir
Gilbert Yvel
PurplePickle- May 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm
I like this matchup and think it will be a good fight between two top HWs. Plus, any card carrying the Spider better be stacked from now on to get me to watch it. Alves, T Silva, Cigano, and Nelson would be what gets my money, not Anderson 'Dancing' Silva.
LastEmperor- May 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm
I feel bad for Roy.

He coulda been a contenda.
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm
@ Mr_Misogyny . . . Thanks, I'll check out the Big Ben fight fo sho. I'll watch some others, too. From what I've seen so far, JDS seems way out of Nelson's league. There seem to be lots of guys on here that really like him, and I don't dislike him at all, I just haven't seen anything that would make me worry about JDS.

I've said that shit before and had to eat crow (not Crowe - I'm not Lance Armstrong!).
Richard Fitzentite- May 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm
That fat tub of goo doesn't stand a chance against Jr 2-Saints. With a body mass index of 35, Nelson is gonna rear-naked-choke on Taco Bell's new "Tortada" before he beats a top tier heavy weight. Remember...Kimbo had him in trouble on TUF.
vengful1- May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm
I'd put my money on JDS because the guy is an absolute beast But I wouldn't be surprised if Nelson won either. He's a tough match up. A fat ass BJJ black belt who can bang? Don't count him out. Intriguing fight.