UFC’s #12 Ranked Roy Nelson (20-11) will face “The Warmaster” and #6 ranked Josh Barnett in the main event of UFC Fight Night 75. Nelson is not known for his endurance, or his physique by any means. If one would turn a blind eye to his contest with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 52 they could make the case that Roy has a granite chin.
However everybody knows Roy has dynamite cocked and loaded in his overhand right, and it works better than NyQuil to put his opposition asleep. Here are the Top 5 Roy Nelson UFC Knockouts:
5. Roy Nelson def. Dave Herman via KO at :51 of Round 1 at UFC 146
Roy was coming off a Fight of the Night decision loss to current Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum in the Co-Main Event of UFC 143. He took out his frustrations on Herman who couldn’t last a minute with “Big Country.” Herman would go on to lose two more bouts before he was released from the UFC, while he was the first of 3 straight knockout victims of Nelson. This performance gave Roy his 3rd of 5 UFC KOTN awards.
4. Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via KO at 2:03 of Round 1 at UFC 159
While Herman was the first of 3 knockouts in a row for Nelson, Kongo was his last. He dismantled the French Kickboxer before the halfway mark of their confrontation in the middle of the main card at UFC 159. Cheick was coming off a mundane decision win over the young former LSU Fullback Shawn Jordan but the rocket launching rights that he took from Roy were enough to send him to Bellator where he has gone 5-2.
3. Roy Nelson def. Matt Mitrione via TKO at 2:58 of Round 1 at TUF 16 Finale
This contest was the middle bout of the 3 straight, but it posed as a “what if” scenario since the pair were both contestants on TUF 10. Roy went on to win, but would he if Matt Mitrione would’ve opted to stay on the show? A hair under 3 minutes into their contest and the question was answered with an emphatic exclamation point to prove Nelson was the true winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10.
2. Roy Nelson def. Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira via KO at 3:37 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 39
The main event of this UFC trip to Abu Dhabi was at first glance maybe, just maybe a preview of a nice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappling affair between two grappling wizards. However such was not the case as Roy saw openings in Big Nog’s boxing and exploited it for all to see. The end seemed very near when the first overhand right connected and soon the finish came with an ear wiggling lights out KO.
1. Roy Nelson def. Brendan Schaub via KO at 3:45 of Round 1 at TUF 10 Finale
Number 1 on the list is Roy Nelson’s first official Ultimate Fighting Championship knockout that came when he won the TUF 10 tournament. Brendan was tearing through his competition finishing all of his fights early, while Roy seemingly didn’t perform up to Dana White’s standards. Dana publicly ridiculed Roy after Nelson defeated internet sensation Kimbo Slice on the show. Then Roy narrowly escaped a split decision to activist Justin Wren to add fuel to Dana’s fire. However in the end Roy’s hand was raised after Schaub’s body landed face first onto the canvas.