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.