UFC 117 | Roy Nelson vs Junior Dos SantosCategory: MMA
At UFC 116, Brock Lesnar successfully defended his title against Shane Carwin when he won via submission (surprised?)
In the next UFC pay-per-view event on August 7, 2010 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Junio “Cigano” dos Santos will fight in an elimination bout to determine who will fight the winner of the Lesnar vs Velasquez set at UFC 121.
American Roy Nelson (16 wins-4 losses, 9 KOs/4 submissions) is a former International Fight League heavyweight champion. Nelson might not look like your typical mixed-martial artist due to his fat belly but proven that looks can be deceiving by winning last season’s The Ultimate Fighter and earned a six-figure contract to fight in the UFC organization. He was even awarded a $25,000 bonus for delivering the Knockout of the Night.
He has a black belt on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and has good boxing skills. But its in the ground where he makes his living. He uses his belly to pin opponents to the ground in a crucifix position and pound them. This was effectively utilized against Kimbo Slice and James McSweeney.
Dos Santos (11 wins-1 loss, 8 KOs/3 submissions) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Demian Maia, and currently holds a brown belt. Santos has also competed as a kickboxer, earning an undefeated record of 18-0 in that sport. He currently reigns as the Brazilian heavyweight kickboxing champion.
Nelson and Dos Santos both are excellent strikers.
I think we will see a slugfest here; where Dos Santos has the upper hand.
But if Nelson can bring the fight to the ground, it will be at his advantage.
Nelson is a very smart and a veteran fighter.
I predict a TKO win in the 2nd Round for The Big Country here.
UPDATE: UFC 117 has wrapped up! Check out the UFC 117 results to know who won!
The Roy Nelson vs Junior Dos Santos fight video is posted in the link below: