Roy Nelson (fighter)

Roy Nelson (fighter)

Roy Nelson
Born (1976-06-20) June 20, 1976 (age 38)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Other names Big Country
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 260 lb (118 kg; 18 st 8 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Style Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada United States
Team Country Club, Kings MMA
Trainer (Boxing) Jeff Mayweather, (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) Renzo Gracie
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black belt in Roi Kan Do
Years active 2004 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 19
By knockout 12
By submission 5
By decision 2
Losses 9
By knockout 1
By decision 8
Occupation MMA Fighter
Sherdog
last updated on: October 5, 2010

Roy Nelson (born June 20, 1976)[1] is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently holding a record of 6-5 with the organization. He won Season 10 of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter. He was the last IFL Heavyweight Champion, competing for Ken Shamrock's Nevada Lions, and has also fought for EliteXC and BodogFIGHT. Nelson started off his martial arts training in Shaolin Kung Fu for a number of years and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie.[2]

Mixed martial arts career

Nelson has been a long time student of Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Renzo Gracie, who granted him a black belt on August 26, 2009.[2] Nelson has competed at the Abu Dhabi Grappling Championships (ADCC) and has trained with some of the world's best fighters including UFC's Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Ricco Rodriguez and Ken Shamrock.[3]

As a member of Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den,[3] he was asked to become a member of the IFL's Nevada Lions in 2007. In the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix, Nelson became the league's first ever heavyweight champion,[4] defeating Antoine Jaoude on December 29, 2007. Nelson successfully defended his title twice, before the IFL ceased operations.

After the IFL ceased operations Nelson took a fight with EliteXC on 10 days' notice against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Roy Nelson lost via KO in the second round; however, controversy broke out over Nelson being stood up by the referee in the first round from side control, while staying active and working on a kimura.[5][6] He then went on to fight for Roy Jones Jr.'s Square Ring Promotions against Jeff Monson. This fight also ended in a controversial loss for Nelson. According to the TV commentators and most MMA media, Nelson won the bout. However Monson was awarded a unanimous decision.[7][8]

The Ultimate Fighter

Nelson was one of the sixteen fighters in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.[9] He provided commentary on the show for multiple websites, including weekly Q&A sessions about each individual episode for USA Today's Fighting Stances[10] and a blog for SpikeTV.com.[11] In his first fight of the show, Nelson defeated former street-fighter Kimbo Slice via TKO stoppage in the second round with repeated punches to the head in the crucifix position.[12] The broadcast was the highest rated MMA show in U.S. history with a 3.7 rating. The fight itself had 6 million viewers.[13]

In the quarterfinals, Nelson defeated Justin Wren in a two-round majority decision. In the semifinals, Nelson defeated James McSweeney via strikes in the first round again utilizing the crucifix position. He defeated Brendan Schaub at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale to become the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. In the finale, Nelson knocked out Schaub at 3:45 into the first round with a right hook to Schaub's left temple and then hit Schaub on the ground with one punch to the face before the referee pulled Nelson off Schaub. With the win, Nelson earned a six-figure contract with the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In his first fight since The Ultimate Fighter Finale, Nelson knocked out Stefan Struve after 39 seconds in the first round at the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31, 2010,[14][15] winning his second straight Knockout of the Night Bonus.[15] Nelson was scheduled to fight Cheick Kongo, though the bout was cancelled after Kongo withdrew.[16] Nelson instead faced Junior dos Santos at UFC 117[17] in a bout to determine the #1 contender (after Cain Velasquez) to the UFC Heavyweight title.[18] Nelson lost by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), but was able to withstand the varied attacks of dos Santos, becoming the first man to take dos Santos to a decision.[19] Nelson was scheduled to face Shane Carwin at UFC 125.[20] Carwin, however, had to pull out of the fight due to a back injury. Nelson was pulled off the card altogether.[21]

On November 14, 2010, UFC President Dana White announced that Nelson's UFC career would be on hold due to Nelson being contractually bound to another fight promotion. White declined to specifically name the promotion, but sources close to Nelson confirmed that Roy Jones Jr.'s Square Ring Promotions claimed to have Nelson tied down.[22] Nelson stated on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that this is old news and that he is still able to fight in the UFC with no problems.[23]

Nelson faced Frank Mir on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130 and lost by unanimous decision. UFC president Dana White criticized Nelson's performance after the fight for Nelson's lack of conditioning. Nelson blamed a bout with the flu for his poor performance.[24] Nelson indicated that he has plans of cutting weight and fighting in the light heavyweight division at some point in the future.[25]

Nelson faced Mirko Filipović on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137 and won by TKO in the 3rd Round.[26]

Nelson next fought the returning Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. The back and forth action earned Fight of the Night honors.

Nelson was scheduled to face Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146, but Silva was moved up to fight Cain Velasquez.[28] Nelson was then briefly expected to face Gabriel Gonzaga.[29] However, Gonzaga himself was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Dave Herman,[30] who Nelson knocked out in 51 seconds. He earned Knockout of the Night honors due to his performance. Joe Rogan said on the live broadcast that "When [Herman] sat down on his ass, he had no idea where he was".[31]

It was announced on July 12, 2012 that Nelson would be coaching on the show, The Ultimate Fighter, against fellow heavyweight Shane Carwin,[32] with the two expected to face each other on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale.[33] On November 14, it was announced that Shane Carwin injured his knee and wouldn't be able to fight. On November 15, it was reported that Nelson would face Matt Mitrione at the TUF 16 Finale.[34] Nelson defeated Mitrione via first round TKO.

Nelson faced Cheick Kongo on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.[35] Nelson won the fight by knockout at 2:03 of the first round. The win also won him his fourth Knockout of the Night bonus award.

Nelson faced Stipe Miocic on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161.[36] Miocic defeated Nelson via unanimous decision.

Nelson faced Daniel Cormier on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[37] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Personal life

Nelson has a wife named Jessy Nelson. They have a son. Nelson attended Cimarron Memorial High School, where he played football, baseball, and wrestled. Before he was a professional fighter, he worked in before and after school programs with children and was also a substitute teacher.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Rage on the River
    • Rage on the River Heavyweight Tournament Winner

Submission grappling

  • Grapplers Quest
    • 2003 Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion

Mixed martial arts record

|- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 19–9 | Daniel Cormier | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 166 | 02013-10-19October 19, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Houston, Texas, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 19–8 | Stipe Miocic | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 161 | 02013-06-15June 15, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 19–7 | Cheick Kongo |KO (punches) | UFC 159 | 02013-04-27April 27, 2013 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:03 | Newark, New Jersey, United States | Knockout of the Night |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 18–7 | Matt Mitrione | TKO (punches) | The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale | 02012-12-15December 15, 2012 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:58 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 17–7 | Dave Herman |KO (punch) | UFC 146 | 02012-05-26May 26, 2012 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:51 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Knockout of the Night |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 16–7 | Fabricio Werdum |Decision (unanimous) | UFC 143 | 02012-02-04February 4, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Fight of the Night |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 16–6 | Mirko Filipović |TKO (punches) | UFC 137 | 02011-10-29October 29, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 1:30 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 15–6 | Frank Mir |Decision (unanimous) | UFC 130 | 02011-05-28May 28, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 15–5 | Junior dos Santos | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 117 | 02010-08-07August 7, 2010 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Oakland, California, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 15–4 | Stefan Struve | KO (punches) | UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi | 02010-03-31March 31, 2010 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:39 | Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | Knockout of the Night |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 14–4 | Brendan Schaub | KO (punch) | The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale | 02009-12-05December 5, 2009 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:45 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Won the TUF 10 tournament. Knockout of the Night |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 13–4 |Jeff Monson | Decision (unanimous) | SRP: March Badness | 02009-03-21March 21, 2009 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Pensacola, Florida, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 13–3 | Andrei Arlovski | KO (punch) | EliteXC: Heat | 02008-10-04October 4, 2008 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 3:14 | Sunrise, Florida, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 13–2 | Brad Imes | KO (punch) | IFL: Connecticut | 02008-05-16May 16, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center|3:55 | Uncasville, Connecticut, United States | Defended IFL Heavyweight Championship |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 12–2 |Fabiano Scherner | TKO (punches) | IFL: Las Vegas | 02008-02-29February 29, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:20 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Defended IFL Heavyweight Championship |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 11–2 | Antoine Jaoude | KO (punch) | IFL: World Grand Prix Finals | 02007-12-29December 29, 2007 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 0:22 | Uncasville, Connecticut, United States | IFL 2007 Heavyweight Grand Prix Final; Won IFL Heavyweight Championship |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 10–2 |Bryan Vetell | TKO (punches) | IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals | 02007-11-03November 3, 2007 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 1:01 | Chicago, Illinois, United States | IFL 2007 Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 9–2 |Shane Ott | Decision (unanimous) | IFL: Las Vegas | 02007-06-16June 16, 2007 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 4:00 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 8–2 | Ben Rothwell | Decision (split) | IFL: Moline | 02007-04-07April 7, 2007 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 4:00 | Moline, Illinois, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 8–1 | Mario Rinaldi | TKO (punches) | BodogFIGHT: Costa Rica Combat | 02007-02-17February 17, 2007 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:38 | Costa Rica | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 7–1 |Vince Lucero | TKO (punches) | IFL: Oakland | 02007-01-19January 19, 2007 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:55 | Oakland, California, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 6–1 |Josh Curran | Decision (unanimous) | BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations | 02006-12-16December 16, 2006 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Saint Petersburg, Russia | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 6–0 |Jerome Smith | Submission (arm-triangle choke) | FightForce: Butte Brawl 2 | 02006-07-22July 22, 2006 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:13 | Butte, Montana, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 5–0 |Jason Godsey | Submission (rear-naked choke) | FightForce: Butte Brawl 1 | 02006-05-06May 6, 2006 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:42 | Butte, Montana, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 4–0 |Michael Buchkovich | Submission (rear-naked choke) | World Extreme Fighting 17 | 02006-04-01April 1, 2006 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:56 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 3–0 |Ray Seraile | Submission (punches) | PXC 3: Return of the Enforcer | 02004-08-28August 28, 2004 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 3:41 | Mangilao, Guam | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 2–0 |Jerry Vrbanovic | Decision (split) | Rage on the River | 02004-04-17April 17, 2004 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 3:00 | Redding, California, United States | Rage on the River Heavyweight Tournament Final |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 1–0 |Bo Cantrell | Submission (hammerlock) | Rage on the River | 02004-04-17April 17, 2004 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:52 | Redding, California, United States | Rage on the River Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal |}

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

| style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 3–0 | James McSweeney | TKO (punches) | The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights | |align=center| 1 | | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Semi-finals |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 2–0 | Justin Wren | Decision (majority) | The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights | |align=center| 2 |align=center| 5:00 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Quarter-finals |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 1–0 | Kimbo Slice | TKO (punches) | The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights | 02009-06-10June 10, 2009 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 2:01 | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Preliminary bout |}

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Official UFC Profile
  • Sherdog
New championship 1st IFL Heavyweight Champion
December 29, 2007 – July 31, 2008
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