Completed MMA Bout

Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Filipović

Main Card | Heavyweight · 265 lbs | MMA

Roy Nelson defeats Mirko Filipović via KO/TKO at 1:30 of Round 3

Roy "Big Country" Nelson
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović

Round 3

Roy Nelson Mirko Filipović

"Big Country" "Cro Cop"

15-6-0   Pro Record At Fight   27-9-2
Climbed to 16-6   Record After Fight   Fell to 27-10
-240 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +195 (Moderate Underdog)
United States   Nationality   Croatia (Hrvatska)
Las Vegas, Nevada   Fighting out of   Zagreb, Croatia
35 years, 4 months, 1 week, 2 days   Age at Fight   37 years, 1 month, 2 weeks, 5 days
252.0 lbs (114.3 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   235.0 lbs (106.6 kgs)
6'0" (183cm)   Height   6'2" (188cm)
73.0" (185cm)   Reach   73.0" (185cm)
Country Club   Gym   Cro Cop Squad Gym
UFC 137
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
  • Date: Saturday 10.29.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 9 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Nelson Total Disclosed Pay: $40,000
  • Filipović Total Disclosed Pay: $75,000
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Nelson vs. Filipović Wiki Update Wiki

The ninth bout of UFC 137 featured Roy "Big Country" Nelson taking on Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in a heavyweight contest.

Nelson came forward and whiffed on a big overhand right to start the fight. Filipovic circled to his left as Nelson barreled in for a takedown, successfully getting Cro Cop down. Nelson attempted to throw down strikes from the guard but Filipovic defended well and kept Nelson tied up. Filipovic escaped to his feet and landed a left that scraped up Nelson's face. Nelson delivered a big right hand that sent Filipovic backwards off-balance. A solid uppercut landed from Cro Cop in an exciting first round. Nelson pressed the action and landed several jabs. Filipovic with a kick to the body at the end of the round.

Nelson landed a big right early in the second, but Filipovic came back with a big volley of strikes that had Nelson in trouble and on the defensive. Nelson, bloodied, continued to press forward as the heavyweights were delivering a solid fight. A big high kick from Filipovic was partially blocked and the fighters struggled for position in the clinch. Nelson landed a takedown and immediately moved to side control. Nelson secured a top-side crucifix position with 40 seconds remaining and punched away to the exposed head of Filipovic. Cro Cop survived the round despite being stuck in the precarious position.

The third round opened with Cro Cop circling away again as Nelson stalked him around the cage. Nelson connected with a right, then another, with Filipovic falling to his stomach. Nelson dove on top and punched away with ground and pound until referee Steve Mazzagatti had seen enough and called it off.

The official end came at 1:30 of the third round with Roy Nelson winning by TKO. Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Nelson commented, "Everyone give it up for Cro Cop, he's given us the fighters and the fans so much... I guess I'm going to do a Chael Sonnen right now and call out somebody, who's fighting in a couple weeks, Junior and Cain? I want the championship, I'm getting too old for this."

Joe Rogan also interviewed Filipovic who commented, "I told everyone before this fight that this was going to be my farewell fight... I want to thank you all, especially the UFC fans, the UFC headquarters, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Joe Silva, I was treated like a king."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:46 PM ET
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Nelson vs. Filipović Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

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RT @mattmitrione also how R U feeling today? Keep your chin down & you will be ready for the next fight. chin up you will have problems. LOL
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I thinking of shaving my head 4 Halloween & becoming @danawhite @ufc 4 the day & handing out tickets & bonuses 4 the day. Trick or treat
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@roynelsonmma On my way to the @gunstore with @danhardymma hope to see ya guys there!
22 hours and 33 minutes
I want to thank all the fans who have my back for this fight and the next. I will always improve and put on a show for you guys, Thank You
20 hours and 57 minutes
after Shout out to everyone for all of the positive messages and support tonight!!! I appreciate them all!
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after Who is this guy??
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after Check out my @UFC 137 banner. Thank you guys!!!!!
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For those of you that have asked I am not having an after party this time. But I will be at the @Gunstore tommorrow from 12-2pm come say hi
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Thx 4 the support @MicroTechBUZZ @microtechceo, @westcoastauth @TapouT @gunstore @Revgear for UFC 137
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Sporting the beard and mullet at the press conference
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RT Here is video I found with some movie magic of me.
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before Roy Nelson vs Cro Cop UFC 137
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Being a good boy and doing my PR for my @ufc 137 fight. On my way down to the Channel 3 news station.
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before Good Practice today! @danhardymma
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before My friend @amirmma and I cleaning up the streets.
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Thx to LV fire dept saving walter life, and making my wife have a heartattack, @EvilTwinBrian @EvilTwinAllen
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Training hard with the expanded Country Club While I suffer
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