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"Big Country"

20-9-0

Roy Nelson

Roy "Big Country" Nelson

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  • Name: Roy Nelson
  • Professional MMA Record: 20-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Big Country
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 38 | Date of Birth: 1976.06.20
  • Last Fight: April 11, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 255.5 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Country Club
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 73.0" (185cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $651,000 USD
  • Born: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Roy "Big Country" Nelson started off his martial arts training in Shaolin Kung Fu. Big Country was also an athlete in multiple sports such as football, baseball and wrestling at Cimarron Memorial High School. Nelson holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. Prior to his mixed martial arts career, Nelson was a highly decorated grappler becoming the 2003 Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion and becoming a quarterfinalist in the 2003 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships.

 

Despite criticism for his throwback training habits and protruding belly, Nelson has established himself as a heavyweight to watch in a division of giants. Being a member of Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den and winning 6 of his first 7 fights, Nelson was asked to become a member of Ken Shamrock's Nevada Lions in the now defunct IFL. With only 1 loss in the IFL coming via split decision at the hands of Ben Rothwell, Nelson achieved his first measure of success as a professional mixed martial artist when he challenged for and won the first and only IFL Heavyweight Championship in the now-defunct organization back in 2007. Nelson defended the title twice, defeating Fabiano Scherner and Brad Imes, both of them by TKO.


Nelson would hit a speed bump the following year when he lost back-to-back fights against highly respected UFC veterans Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson. The loss to former UFC HW Champion Arlovski wasn't without controversy. Roy Nelson was in side control and going for a kimura, then the fighters were stood up. After that Arlovski landed a few good shots, and the fight was stopped. The controversy didn't end there. Many MMA enthusiasts believe that the fight was stopped prematurely, and the stand-up was bogus. The loss to UFC veteran Monson didn't go without it's controversy either. Monson won the fight by decision, but the majority of MMA fans, enthusiasts, and analysts who watched the fight say that Nelson won the fight.


Nelson reinvigorated his career and launched himself to new heights when he competed in, and with apparent ease, won the tenth season of Spike TV’s popular reality show The Ultimate Fighter, along the way defeating famed internet sensation Kimbo Slice. The fight with Kimbo Slice was the highest rated MMA show in U.S. history with a 3.7 rating. With 6 million viewers, it was the 2nd most watched MMA match in U.S. history. Nelson would win Season 10 of TUF by defeating Brendan Schaub by KO in 3:45 of the very first round.


After winning Season 10 of TUF, Nelson would continue his winning ways by defeating Stefan Struve by KO in just 39 seconds. Big Country would then lose 3 of his next 4 fights. Losing by decision at the hands of former UFC HW Champions Frank Mir and Junior Dos Santos and highly respected BJJ practitioner Fabricio Werdum. In the midst of that 4 fight span, he defeated MMA and K-1 legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic via TKO at 1:30 of the 3rd round.

 

After losing to Fabricio Werdum, Nelson would go on a 3-fight winning streak defeating Dave Herman, Matt Mittrione, and Cheick Kongo by 1st KO/TKO, but would suffer another setback at the hands of Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision at UFC 161. Nelson was a -285 moderated favorite coming into that fight. Nelson had another tough test ahead of him when he took on former Olympic wrestler and undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, at UFC 166. He would come up very short in their fight due to Cormier's far superior wrestling which nullified Nelson's big right hand and he would lose a unanimous decision.  Both fighters had expressed interest in dropping to the 205 pound division after this fight.

 

Though highly criticized for his protruding gut and training practices, Roy Nelson is one of most popular and respected mixed martial artists in the UFC HW division. He may crack jokes with soundbites of how many cheeseburgers he will eat after he wins, but there is no doubt in anyone's mind that Big Country is one of the most talented and revered fighters in the world today.


The Ultimate Fighter 10

Episode 3 Nelson def. Kimbo Slice by TKO at 2:01 of Round 2

Episode 9 Nelson def. Justin Wren by Majority Decision

Episode 11 Nelson def. James McSweeney by TKO at 4:13 of Round 1

The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale Nelson def. Brendan Schaub by KO (Punch) at 3:45 of Round 1



 

Last updated 04.09.2014, 2:54 PM ET
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Roy Nelson Heavyweight Ranking History

Roy Nelson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout Mark Hunt
UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson
Main Event | Heavyweight | 120 kg
2014.09.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:37 Round 1 of 5
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Leon Roberts
UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2014.04.11
Odds: -165 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 255.5 lbs
#81 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#6 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 39 Performance of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Daniel Cormier
Ref: Jacob Montalvo
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2013.10.19
Odds: +375 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 249.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Stipe Miocic
Ref: Jerin Valel
UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2013.06.15
Odds: -285 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 260.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:03 Round 1 of 3
Cheick Kongo
Ref: Kevin Mulhall
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2013.04.27
Odds: -245 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $113,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus, $65K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 258.0 lbs
#33 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 159 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:58 Round 1 of 5
Matt Mitrione
Ref: Herb Dean
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2012.12.15
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 252.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Shane Carwin TUF 16 Finale 2012.12.15
Reason: Carwin Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:51 Round 1 of 3
Dave Herman
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2012.05.26
Odds: -175 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus, $70K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 254.0 lbs
#22 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 146 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Gabriel Gonzaga UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Gonzaga Injury
Cancelled Bout Antonio Silva UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Silva Rescheduled
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Fabricio Werdum
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2012.02.04
Odds: +135 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 ($20K Base, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 143 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:30 Round 3 of 3, 11:30 Total
Mirko Filipovic
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2011.10.29
Odds: -240 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 252.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Frank Mir
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2011.05.28
Odds: -105 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 260.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Shane Carwin UFC 125 2011.01.01
Reason: Carwin Back Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Junior Dos Santos
Ref: Marcos Rosales
UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2010.08.07
Odds: +280 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 263.0 lbs
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#13 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:39 Round 1 of 3
Stefan Struve
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs Gomi
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2010.03.31
Odds: -423 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 263.0 lbs
#95 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC Fight Night 21 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:45 Round 1 of 3
Brendan Schaub
Ref: Herb Dean
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 265 lbs
2009.12.05
Odds: -165 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $41,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus, $25K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 263.0 lbs
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Jeff Monson Square Ring Promotions 2009.03.21
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
3:14 Round 2 of 3, 8:14 Total
Andrei Arlovski
Ref: Jorge Ortiz
EliteXC: Heat
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2008.10.04
Odds: +340 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Base | Weigh-In: 262.75 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:55 Round 1 of 5
Brad Imes
IFL 22: Connecticut
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2008.05.16
Odds: -260 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 264.2 lbs
Cancelled Bout Branden Lee Hinkle IFL 22 2008.05.16
Reason: Lee Hinkle Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:20 Round 1 of 5
Fabiano Scherner
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
IFL 20: Las Vegas
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265
2008.02.29
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 261.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:22 Round 2 of 3, 4:22 Total
Antoine Jaoude
IFL 19: World Grand Prix Finals
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2007.12.29
Odds: +130 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 258.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 3 of 3, 9:01 Total
Bryan Vetell
IFL 18: World Grand Prix Semifinals
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2007.11.03
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 261.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 12:00 Total
Shane Ott
IFL 15: Las Vegas
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2007.06.16
Weigh-In: 259.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 12:00 Total
Ben Rothwell
IFL 11: Moline
Main Card
2007.04.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Mario Rinaldi Bodog Fight 2007.02.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:55 Round 1 of 3
Vince Lucero
IFL 7: Oakland
Main Card
2007.01.19
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Josh Curran Russia Regional 2006.12.16
Win | Submission Jerome Smith FF 2 2006.07.22
Win | Submission | Choke Jason Godsey FF 1 2006.05.06
Win | Submission | Choke Michael Buchkovich World Extreme Fighting 2006.04.01
Win | Submission | Punches Ray Seraille Pacific X-treme Combat 2004.08.28
Win | Decision | Shoulder Bo Cantrell ROTR 2004.04.17
Win | Decision | Split Jerry Vrbanovic ROTR 2004.04.17

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