Ugly. That’s the best word to describe what just went down at UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson in Abu Dhabi, where Roy Nelson uncorked one of his famous haymakers and sent Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to the mat in a stiff heap. You can check out the finishing blow above, or check out Zombie Prophet’s GIF for a different angle.
And so, Big Country snaps a two-fight losing streak, and claims his seventh knockout victory in the UFC. Meanwhile, Nogueira has lost four out of his last six fights, and public calls for his retirement will surely pop again. (We’d support that, by the way.)
Check out full results from UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi after the jump. If you watched the event on Fight Pass, please share your thoughts in the comments section.
Roy Nelson def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO, 3:37 of round 1
Clay Guida def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Ryan LaFlare def. John Howard via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Ramsey Nijem def. Beneil Dariush via TKO, 4:20 of round 1
Jared Rosholt def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Thales Leites def. Trevor Smith via TKO, 0:45 of round 1
Jim Alers def. Alan Omer via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya ruled No Contest (Yahya was KO’d by accidental headbutt) at 0:39 of round 1