by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Additional reporting – Damon Martin)
Roy Nelson has won back-to-back fights in the UFC, including winning Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Now he wants to take a step up in competition, facing a heavyweight contender.
It appears that Nelson will get his wish.
Junior dos Santos, one of the leading contenders for a shot at the heavyweight title, Tweeted on Saturday, “Fight confirmed, Roy Nelson is my next opponent. I hope to have support from all my fans.”
Independent sources confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday that both sides have agreed to the fight.
The fight is expected to take place at UFC 117 on Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
“That might be a fight that might happen,” Nelson told MMAWeekly.com earlier this month when asked about a possible fight with dos Santos.
“If you think about who’s out there fighting for the belt, or getting ready to fight for the belt it would be Brock (Lesnar) of course and Shane (Carwin), and then right underneath them it’s Dos Santos and Velasquez. So those are the four guys I’m looking for that can kind of catapult me right into belt contention.”
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is expected to defend his title against Chael Sonnen in the UFC 117 main event, despite Silva recently falling out of favor with UFC president Dana White.