Roy Nelson vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Planned for April 11th UFC Event in Abu Dhabi

Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson

  • 19-9 MMA / 6-5 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

  • 34-8-1 MMA / 5-4 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Dan Henderson, Fabricio Werdum, Randy Couture

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Event TBD

April 11th, 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Venue TBD

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Roy Nelson is desperate need of a victory to maintain relevance among the top fights in the UFC’s heavyweight division following back-to-back uninspiring efforts against Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. He was quickly climbing the ranks in 2012 to early 2013, when he won three-straight fights over Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo, earning first round knockouts in all three fights.

37-year old, former Pride Fighting and UFC heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira refuses to call it a career just yet, despite trading wins and losses since December of 2008. After nearly going 10 years without losing by stoppages to begin his career, his last four losses have been stoppage defeats (2 KO/TKO, 2 submissions). Noguiera’s last win came at UFC 153, submitting Dave Herman in the second round.

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UFC 166 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  – Heavyweight Title Fight
  • Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision
  • Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision
  • Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33
  • John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 4:13

Preliminary Card:

  • Tim Boetsch def. CB Dollaway via Split Decision
  • Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:48
  • Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via Split Decision
  • KJ Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision
  • Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:45
  • Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via D’Arce Choke – Round 1, 1:52
  • Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 0:53
  • Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 3:51

UFC 166 Predictions

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UFC 166 Predictions

Cain Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos

It’s not very often where I get excited for a third meeting between two fighters, but when they are the clear-cut #1 and #2 fighters in their division, you can’t help but get a little jacked up. It also helps that their first two meetings were the polar opposites of each other, with JDS dominating the first fight and Velasquez owning the rematch. Stylistically, nothing really has changed from their first two meetings. Dos Santos will once again have the obvious power advantage, and the ability to end the fight at any given moment against Velasquez’s sometime shaky chin. He is also a black belt under the Nogueira brothers, but we have yet to see what his ground game looks like other than the ability to get back to his feet in an instant after a takedown.  Other than that, Velasquez is better pretty much everywhere else. The wrestling, clinch game, smothering top game with vicious ground and pound all favor the champ. In their second fight, Velasquez mixed up his wrestling and striking to near perfection, in his five-round beatdown of the former champ, and I expect more of the same this time around. I see Velasquez using the clinch while looking to get the fight to the mat early and often wearing Dos Santos down, which will open up his striking game en route to late round TKO finish.

Pick: Velasquez by TKO.

Daniel Cormier vs Roy Nelson

Another heavyweight match-up puts former Olympian and blue chip prospect, Daniel Cormier against the fan favorite and ultra-tough Roy Nelson. Since the UFC’s heavyweight title is currently being held by friend and training partner, Cormier says this will be his last fight in the division before dropping to the 205-pound weight class. Cormier will look to use his superior wrestling skills to nullify the outstanding power of Nelson’s overhand right. While Nelson’s ground game is vastly underrated, his success comes from his top game and he’ll likely have serious problems off his back if Cormier gets him down. Nelson needs to land a big shot early, but I don’t see Cormier allowing much opportunity for that.

Pick: Cormier via Decision

Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez

Two former lightweight title contenders meet in a key match-up that looks to change the landscape of the 155-pound rankings. Gilbert Melendez is at his best when he’s able to work at his pace, mixing his striking with late takedowns to seal rounds in his favor. He has struggled against aggressive fighters in the past (Josh Thomson, Ben Henderson), and Diego Sanchez always comes in with a heavy offensive output. That being said, I’m not sure Sanchez has the skills to keep Melendez backing up and taking him off his game plan.  There may be a couple close rounds, but I like Melendez to get the better of Sanchez throughout.

Pick: Melendez by Decision

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shawn Jordan

Since returning to the UFC, Gabriel Gonzaga has gone back to his jiu-jitsu roots which I feel has always been his best chance for victory in a division full of strikers. But after a 17-second knockout of Dave Herman, I’m afraid we might see the striking-heavy Gonzaga again at UFC 166. Even if he does try to get the fight to the mat, it won’t be an easy task against Shawn Jordan, who is one of the most gifted athletes in the division. Jordan is big, strong, has brain-mashing power, and continues to improve in all facets of the mixed martial arts game each time out. The longer this fight stays on the feet, the more it favors Jordan.

Pick: Jordan by KO

John Dodson vs Darrell Montague

Darrell Montague is finally where he belongs, in the UFC with the chance to face the division’s elite. That’s exactly what he’s getting when he makes his debut against John Dodson at UFC 166. Montague is incredibly well-rounded in all aspects of MMA, with strong boxing skills and a knack to find submission finishes on the ground. Dodson is also strong in all areas of the sport, but will likely have the advantage in speed, power, and pure athleticism. I’m expecting a close fight for a round or two, then Dodson landing a big shot and getting the finish shortly after.

Pick: Dodson via TKO

Tim Boetsch vs CB Dollaway

Since dropping to 185, Tim Boetsch has had a strength advantage over nearly all of his opponents, and that shouldn’t be any different heading into UFC 166 against CB Dollaway. Boetsch starts incredibly strong with explosive takedowns, suffocating top game, and an array of ground and pound strikes filled with knees to the body and hammerfists. As fights wear on though, his pace slows dramatically and at times nearly comes to an abrupt stop. That could be dangerous against a grappler like Dollaway, who has a great guillotine choke and could capitalize on a tired takedown attempt. Fortunately for Boetsch, I don’t see him needing to extend himself in the early rounds and can use his wrestling to secure a clear-cut decision victory.

Pick: Boetsch by Decision

Prelim Quick Picks

Nate Marquardt vs Hector Lombard – Lombard by Decision

Sarah Kaufman vs Jessica Eye – Kaufman by Decision

George Sotiropoulos vs KJ Noons – Sotiropoulos by Submission

TJ Waldburger vs Adlan Amagov – Amagov by KO

Tony Ferguson vs Mike Rio – Ferguson by KO

Jeremy Larsen vs Andre Fili – Fili by Decision

Dustin Pague vs Kyoji Horiguchi – Horiguchi by KO

Daniel Cormier vs Roy Nelson Slated for UFC 166 Co-Main Event

Daniel Cormier

 

Daniel Cormier

  • 12-0 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
  • 12 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Frank Mir, Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett

Roy Nelson

 

Roy Nelson

  • 19-8 MMA / 6-4 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop

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UFC 166

October 19th, 2013

Houston, Texas

Toyota Center

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Daniel Cormier continued his undefeated streak in his UFC debut, dominating former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir from start to finish at UFC on FOX 7, en route to a unanimous decision victory. Other notable career victories include a knockout win of Antonio Silva and a decision victory over Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP finale.

Roy Nelson offered little against rising heavyweight prospect, Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, losing a one-sided unanimous decision. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak, which included three knockout victories over Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo.

UFC 161 Quick Results

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Main Card:

 

  • Rashad Evans def. Dan Henderson via Split Decision
  • Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision
  • Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
  • Alexis Davis def. Rosi Sexton by Unanimous Decision
  • Shawn Jordan def. Pat Barry via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:59

Preliminary Card:

  • Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley via Split Decision
  • James Krause def. Sam Stout via Guillotine Choke – Round 3, 4:47
  • Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson via Majority Decision
  • Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa via Unanimous Decision
  • Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire via Unanimous Decision
  • Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via Split Decision

Roy Nelson vs Stipe Miocic Added to UFC 161

Roy Nelson

 

Roy Nelson

  • 19-7 MMA / 6-3 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop

Stipe Miocic

 

Stipe Miocic

  • 9-1 MMA / 3-1 UFC Record
  • Won 9 of Last 10 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Joey Beltran, Philip de Fries, Shane Del Rosario

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UFC 161

June 15th, 2013

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

MTS Centre

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Roy Nelson earned his third straight first round knockout at UFC 159, dispatching Cheick Kongo in just over two minutes. Other victims to his overhand right during the streak, include Dave Herman and Matt Mitrione. Nelson is now 6-3 in the UFC, with all six victories coming by the knockout.

Stipe Miocic saw his undefeated record come to an end at UFC on Fuel TV 5, following a second round TKO defeat to Stefan Struve. Miocic began his a career a perfect 9-0, including three UFC victories over Joey Beltran, Philip De Fries, and Shane Del Rosario.

UFC 159 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:33
  • Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via Technical Decision
  • Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via KO (Punch) – Round 1, 2:03
  • Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision
  • Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via Rear Naked Choke – Round 3, 4:02

Preliminary Card:

  • Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Thumb Injury) – Round 1, 2:32
  • Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via Majority Technical Decision
  • Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:06
  • Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via Guillotine Choke – Round 3, 4:44
  • Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision
  • Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision