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Big Country Draws Bigfoot at UFC 146

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff


Big Country may be teasing a move down to light heavyweight, but it won’t happen before May 26 because he’s got a big test ahead of him at UFC 146.

Roy Nelson will face former Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 146 in May as part of the card taking place in Las Vegas.

UFC officials confirmed the fight on Wednesday.

After a win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to close out 2011, Nelson ran into a former Strikeforce competitor to kick off 2012 and things didn’t go as smoothly.

Nelson lost a unanimous decision to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143, and now will hope to get back on the winning side of things when he returns in May. Nelson has recently teased through his Facebook page that if he gets to 100,000 “likes” he will drop down to light heavyweight, but it appears that plan is on hold until at least after UFC 146.

Facing Nelson in his UFC debut will be former Strikeforce competitor Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Silva started out 2011 with a dominant win over former top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, but came up short in his next bout against former Olympian Daniel Cormier.

Now the big Brazilian will kick off his UFC career facing Nelson at UFC 146 in Las Vegas.


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  • Towers66

    Bad fight for Nelson considering the height difference. If he loses it will probably be the last fight in the UFC for him. Maybe the UFC will let him have one more chance in the 205 division if he comes up short against silva. Nelson has a huge fan base. I really like his heart and hope he pulls through on this one.

    • Lesnardo

      I feel bad for this guy. Why doesn’t the UFC let him build up his career?

      Since entering the Octagon two years ago, Nelson has fought JDS, Mir, Werdum and now will fight BigFoot. Why not give him Mark Hunt or Kongo or Mitrione?

      • collideoverme

        He also fought Shaub and Struve. So technically, they kind of did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chalky14 richarddonnelly

    I think he might drop to 205 if he doesnt win this fight.

  • collideoverme

    Daniel Cormier didn’t seem to have a prob popping that big jaw of Silva’s. I don’t think it’ll be a prob.

  • fsunoles09

    nelson does have a sick overhand right but i see this being similar to the jds fight not that im comparing silva to jds

  • alhmiel

    Big Country will have his belly and hands full with the huge big foot. I can’t believe bigfoot lost to Cormier???