As expected, impending UFC superstar Junior dos Santos will resume his meteoric climb up the heavyweight ladder when he meets Roy “Big Country” Nelson in a pivotal scrap later this summer.
“Fight confirmed, Roy Nelson is my next opponent. I hope to have support from all my fans,” dos Santos Tweeted.
Although the talented Brazilian didn’t announce when the two would meet, MMAJunkie.com reported earlier this month that UFC 117 inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California would serve as their battle ground.
Nelson owns a respectable 15-4 overall record, however is a perfect 2-0 since entering the UFC. The 33-year-old was last seen putting 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve to sleep at “UFC on Versus” in March.
Although Nelson looked impressive in his 1stRound knockout of Brendan Schaub to capture “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” tournament and the six-figure UFC contract, “Big Country” legitimized his status as a potential contender with the 33 second knockout of the talented Struve.
Speaking of 1stRoud KOs, dos Santos disposed of former top contender Gabriel Gonzaga that same evening in Broomfield, Colorado. The win bumped his record to a dominant 11-1, however what’s most impressive is that he’s finished in all five of his Octagon outings.
Dos Santos also knocked out the aforementioned Struve at UFC 95 this past February.
It is believed that a middleweight title bout between champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will headline the August 7th event.
Here are the fighters rumored/slated to compete in the night’s pay-per-view broadcast:
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders
Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Championship)