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Roy Nelson vs. Bigfoot Silva Booked for UFC 146 on May 26

(The battle of the chins, ladies and gentlemen. One figurative, and the other literal. Which will reign supreme?) 

It looks like Mayor McCheese has granted Roy Nelson a temporary reprieve from his Facebook sponsored drop to light heavyweight, as it is being reported that the TUF 10 winner has been booked to square off against former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 146 in May.

Continuing the UFC’s ongoing trend of purging Strikeforce of any remaining talent, it was rumored a couple months ago that Silva would be facing Cain Velasquez for his UFC debut, which was tentatively set for April. Rumors quickly shifted to a possible Velasquez/Frank Mir matchup, and “Bigfoot” was all but forgotten about in the mix of things. After shocking the world by handing Fedor Emelianenko his first (T)KO loss since December of 2000 at last year’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva card, “Bigfoot” would find himself on the wrong end of a slightly less shocking KO loss to Daniel Cormier in the semifinals of Strikeforce’s long running heavyweight tournament in his last contest.

This may be a must win situation for Nelson, who has dropped three of his last four fights (all by unanimous decision), most recently getting sliced and diced by Fabricio Werdum, who also holds a win over Silva, for three rounds at UFC 143. “Big Country” will again find himself with a huge size disadvantage — nearly 9 inches in reach and around 20 pounds in weight. Perhaps this is Dana White‘s way of forcing Nelson to come to the same realization as that of his own, by beating it into him.

Then again, Nelson is a BJJ black belt with a granite tungsten chin, whereas Silva is a BJJ black belt who has shown a tendency to get rocked in many of his fights despite having a jaw that would make that one prisoner from Tango & Cash green with envy. Unless Silva manages to out grapple Nelson, or somehow submit him, you have to imagine this is fight is essentially Nelson’s to lose.

UFC 146 is set to go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26th, and features a heavyweight title clash between Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos as its headliner. Make your picks, Potato Nation.

-J. Jones

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WuTangClan- March 8, 2012 at 9:31 am
^ I hate your stupid fucking face.
J. Jones- March 8, 2012 at 7:42 am
Fair enough, but why you gotta hate on everything that precedes the aughts?
Kimbo Lesnar- March 8, 2012 at 7:09 am
Tell it to my spam filter... But we'll squash the beef, in a non-Rampagey way. I still reserve the right to rag on your writing, but I'll let up on the petty typos.

Speaking of which, "Tango and Cash"?? Are you going back in time with your movie watching?!
J. Jones- March 8, 2012 at 6:52 am
My apologies for that, KimboLesnar. What can I say? Cocaine is a helluva drug.
Kimbo Lesnar- March 8, 2012 at 6:42 am
Careful Taco. That asshole will post your personal information online...
Sloppyspray- March 8, 2012 at 6:41 am
Fun fact: Fried Taco reads the articles backwards, which is why when he read J. Jones at the end he knew the article would be worded a little funny.
SnackDaddy- March 8, 2012 at 6:40 am
So long, 'Big Country'. It was nice knowing ya.
UFCFightBlogger- March 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm
This card is so stacked with heavyweights! Big Foot should get a good warm up in the UFC if he is legit, he'll go down if he isn't. Either way, it'll let the UFC know where he stands. Roy Nelson is on his way out of the heavyweight division anyway so this fight doesn't really matter.

Check out this article about the two
Get Off Me- March 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm
The battle of the BIG will be won by the Country. Here's to Roy coming in at +160 on this one.
The_Dead_Cow- March 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm
@JJones, "tungsten chin", LOL Someone knows their materials, one on ya.
The_Dead_Cow- March 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Damn, no tune up fights for Big Country. Cup Cheick would have been a good choice. Shit, sideburns vs Big Country would probably be an instant classic too.
BigDaddyD- March 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm
I got $50 on Country... any takers?
J. Jones- March 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm
"A little funny" is more than we can say for anything you've written in the past month or so, Taco. ZING!
MediocreThreat- March 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm
I don't get it. It looks like the man is about to drop down to 205 (after showing up to his last fight at 245) so they throw him a monster that has to drop weight to make heavy weight. Why not a smaller heavy weight to encourage the weight loss? Damned if you do, damned if you don't, DW. Thank you very much.
Amjur- March 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm
Why? Why do they keep doing this? Feeding poor Big Country to these monsters when we all know he doesn't have a snow ball's chance in hell of winning? I love me some big country, but it's going to be painful to watch him eat shots for 3 rounds straight. The guy has taken so much punishment at this weight - if and when he finally does drop down to LHW, he may not have much a career left due to all the damage he's taken.
Fried Taco- March 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm
J. Jones sez: "To be fair, it is worded a little funny." Um, we knew that as soon as we saw the "J. Jones" at the end of the article.
Lesnarischamp- March 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm
I think this a bad match-up for Big Country and expect he'll lose the UD cleanly.
ihateemo- March 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Bigfoot was EliteXC champ, not Strikeforce. FYI.
J. Jones- March 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm
@knuckle It says "since December of 2000." To be fair, it is worded a little funny.
2Dogs- March 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm
2Dogs- March 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Yea, that sounds about right, I still havent forgiven Dana for feeding him to the dogs last time...make a fair fight Dana, your not fooling anyone. Oh yea, and Diaz for prezidente.
knucklesamitch- March 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm
I'm pretty sure Silva didn't beat Fedor in 2000.
The12ozCurls- March 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm
I guess Roy didn't get those 100k Facebook followers. He will be playing "Cabana Boy #2" in his buddy Dakota Cochrane's new flick. Congrats Roy.
spladdle- March 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm
Bigfoot > fedor > big country > bigfoot