As expected, the UFC announced today that impending superstar Junior dos Santos will resume his meteoric climb up the heavyweight ladder when he meets Roy “Big Country” Nelson at UFC 117 inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
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.
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:
Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Christian Morecraft vs. Stefan Struve
Johnny Hendricks vs Charlie Brenneman
Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders
Dustin Hazelett and Rick Story
Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Championship)