Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson:
Rd. 1: Nelson misses a wild overhand right early on, while Cro Cop stalks with the left hand cocked. Nelson nails a takedown, bull rush style, and is in Cro Cop’s closed guard. Cro Cop has Nelson’s right arm locked up. Nelson posts his left knee and looks to pass. He lands some body punches, but Cro Cop pops up to his feet; he lands a subsequent belly kick and a short, cracking left hand. Nelson’s right cheekbone looks red. Nelson lands a big overhand right, which Cro Cop counters with a left uppercut. Cro Cop scores with a nice left uppercut in close. In the final 30 seconds, both men let the hands go, but no real fireworks.
Rd. 2: Nelson charges in, but Cro Cop shoves his head back. Awesome. Big right from Nelson, and Cro Cop is pissed! Beautiful striking from Cro Cop: uppercuts and body shots. Nelson is bloody, but he’s still in it. Cro Cop still wants to land that left and is moving to Nelson’s right side. Nelson fires with the right hand, but Cro Cop slips it. Nelson grabs a single, drops Cro Cop, and has side control. He’s pushing down Cro Cop’s right arm and wants a kimura. There’s a lot of meat on Cro Cop right now. Crucifix for Nelson, who’s pounding away, just like he did to Kimbo. Mirko makes it to the bell.
Rd. 3: Nelson throws a body kick and then lands a big straight right. Cro Cop seems to have slowed down significantly. Nelson gets the takedown: back control, ground, pound, that’s all she wrote. Steve Mazzagatti calls it.
Winner: Roy Nelson via TKO
Thanks for the memories — and the highlights — Mr. Filipovic.