(Just to complete the visual hilarity, can we get a midget to ref this fight?)
UFC Fight Night 21 on Versus in March just became a little more of a must-see, as Fighters Only is reporting that "Ultimate Fighter" season ten winner Roy Nelson is expected to take on Dutch beanpole Stefan Struve in his first post-TUF outing. Struve has won three straight in the UFC since losing his debut fight against Junior Dos Santos, and that makes this perhaps a little tougher of a bout than many TUF winners get right off the bat, though who didn’t expect that?
For one thing, Nelson has been in the game for years, fighting veterans like Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson, so it would be a little ridiculous to give him some total novice. For another, Dana White is no fan of "Big Country," and probably doesn’t have any desire to build him up with a couple of easy wins. Struve’s brand of lanky jiu-jitsu is responsible for most of his victories, but most of those wins were in the minor leagues and not against guys with Nelson’s grappling credentials.
This fight further bolsters a card that already features Jon Jones-Brandon Vera , Anthony Johnson-John Howard , and Junior Dos Santos-Gabriel Gonzaga . Since my cable company yanked Versus out from under me, guess that means I’ll be watching this one with the charming gentlemen at the sports bar down the street. Should be fun. It’s been too long since I’ve heard anyone loudly suggest that one man kick another in the balls. Plus there’s free Chex Mix!
Edit: Our bad, looks like this bout is slated for Fight Night 21 on March 31 in North Carolina, while UFC on Versus is headlined by Jones-Vera on March 21 in Colorado. In our defense, this is why you should number all your events instead of just identifying some of them by the cable network they’re on, but whatever.