Roy Nelson Vs Stipe Miocic At UFC 161

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Roy Nelson recently stepped up to the plate for the UFC by offering to step in for Mark Hunt.

Nelson was originally a standby for Mark Hunt at UFC 160, if he was unable to compete on the card because of visa issues. Now that it is all squared away and taken care, the UFC decided to add Nelson to the next upcoming fight card, UFC 161.

The UFC 161 card recently took a hit as Renan Barao was scratched off the main event slot, being injured and deemed unable to compete. The UFC decided to bump up Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson into the main event. It looks like they are still looking for some star power on the card and Roy Nelson is the answer.

Roy Nelson is currently on a three-fight winning streak, defeating all of his opponents by way of a first round knock out. He was hoping to compete with a top 5 opponent in his next bout or even compete for the heavyweight title, but unfortunately he will have to wait.

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Stipe Miocic is looking to get back into the winners column after his last fight. He was undefeated going into his bout with Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 5 but succumbed to a TKO loss 3:50 in the second round.

A win for Miocic will help erase that last loss and move him back up the UFC heavyweight rankings. According to UFC.com Roy Nelson is ranked 6, while Stipe Miocic is currently not ranked.

The UFC is pulling all the stops trying to save the event in Winnipeg, Canada. Will Roy Nelson help draw in ratings for the event? If you like first round knockouts, then Canada is in for a treat.

  • Matt Watasha Wood

    Weak. Big Country by KO in the first minute. He needs at least a top contender fight after he destroys Miocic.

    • TheEqualizer101

      …and that doesn’t include Mark Hunt, like everyone is drooling over. Nelson deserves to fight someone not coming off of a loss, at the very least. I hope the UFC doesn’t give in to pressure and pull Roy backwards in progress by putting him against Mark Hunt.

      • Matt Watasha Wood

        Yep I was going to mention that, but apparently it wasn’t needed. Now Hunt is going to be out a while after having a huge hole cut out of his leg because of staph. Now Werdum is getting the winner of Velasquez/Dos Santos supposedly so it will be at least 3 more fights before Roy gets a shot if ever. Pretty sad when he already has the 3rd most KOs in HW history and will fight anyone. “The reason why they gave me Stipe is because they needed someone to
        sell out the arena. As soon as they put me on it [UFC 161], it sold
        out.” – Roy Nelson