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Roy Nelson Vs JDS in the works for UFC 117

ante_up812010-05-17 19:27:56 +0000 #1


Roy Nelson (15-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) won't be tussling with Cheick Kongo after all.

Kongo (15-6-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has withdrawn from a rumored meeting with Nelson at UFC 116 due to a back injury, according to multiple reports. In his place, the UFC has slotted a surprising replacement: Junior Dos Santos (11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

According to ( ) sources close to the event, at least one fighter has agreed to the contest, now targeted for the main card of UFC 117, with the intention to sign a bout agreement.

UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. A middleweight title match between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen is expected to headline.

Nelson, 33, racked up his second consecutive octagon victory with a shellacking of 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve at UFC on Versus 1 in March. The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" bucked most predictions by quickly getting inside on Struve and knocking him out with a right hand in just 33 seconds.

Previously, Nelson completed a decisive, yet controversial, sweep of the "TUF 10" heavyweights with a first-round knockout of Brendan Schaub in the show's finale. UFC president Dana White criticized his tactical approach to his fights on the show, and despite some initial push-back with the outspoken UFC figurehead, he later told that he is now a "company man."

The 25-year-old Dos Santos fought alongside Nelson at UFC on Versus 1 and delivered his fifth consecutive stoppage victory when he knocked out former contender Gabriel Gonzaga in less than four minutes. The victory put the up-and-comer on many observers' lists as a serious contender in the division, which could make the fight with Nelson all the more pivotal.

The only man to make it out of the first round with Dos Santos is former PRIDE champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who verbally submitted to the Brazilian in the third round after being battered for more than two rounds.

Dos Santos also owns a first-round knockout victory over Struve, which took place at UFC 95 this past February.

For more on UFC 117, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of

Ash2010-05-17 19:42:37 +0000 #2
I don't like this fight.
E51502010-05-17 19:41:35 +0000 #3
I'm a fan of Roy Nelson, but JDS is gonna knock his head into the 17th row. Give him the next shot after Carwin.
thelegend2010-05-17 20:38:31 +0000 #4
Absolute nightmare!

Don't really see how Big Country can take this, I was looking forward to him smashing Kongo or Mir (the other rumoured opponent)

Think JDS is the #1 contender at this point (along with Cain) after Carwin gets his shot so it would seem only fair if Roy beats JDS either him or Cain get the shot after carwin/brock.

Still not overly impressed, all this effectively does is knocks the divisions best prospect outside of the top 4 out of contention for a while. Gonzaga would have been a better match up for him
sportsgenius862010-05-17 19:55:42 +0000 #5
I don't know what's not to like about this fight. I'm confused as to how this is a bad fight unless you're looking for JDS to have a cakewalk to a title shot.

Nelson's got power. JDS has power. We'll probably finally get to see JDS' ground game at work.

I don't think Nelson is going to fall too far should he lose to JDS.

I love this fight, personally.
Best80smovieRAD2010-05-17 19:50:17 +0000 #6
I think they drop Roy with a loss because his contract is probably high. Dana wasn't a very big fan of his



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