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BREAKING: Roy Nelson Signs With Bellator

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Bellator MMA has signed another big name, this one both literally and figuratively. Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson is the latest high profile signing to the world’s #2 MMA league.

Nelson began fighting in 2004 and by 2007 was the IFL heavyweight champion. He entered the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter reality television series, winning every exhibition bout, including vs. Kimbo Slice. That fight remains the most watched in TUF history.

He went 9-10 in the UFC, winning five Performance Bonuses along the way, and became a fan favorite. However, he and president Dana White frequently clashed, sometimes bluntly. In 2016 Nelson went 2-1, with the sole loss being a controversial Split Decision to Derrick Lewis.

He dropped a decision to Alexander Volkov last month, and is now off to Bellator MMA. While Nelson is now 40, heavyweights peak later, the division in Bellator does not have the UFC’s depth, and the promotion has an excellent record of good ratings with fighters who were no longer in the prime.

The Bellator heavyweight title has been vacant since May 14, 2016, when Vitaly Minakov was stripped after failing to make a defense. He has fought exclusively for the well-funded EFN/Fight Nights Global.

Nelson will undoubtedly be looking for a title shot, which could come via a tournament format. Other notable Bellator heavyweights include Sergei Kharitonov, Cheick Kongo, Bobby Lashley, Matt Mitrione, Justin Wren, and potentially Fedor Emelianenko.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.