by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
One brutal right hand and Roy “Big Country” Nelson is the new Ultimate Fighter.
Brendan Schaub started out good at Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter season 10 finale, quickly establishing his jab and fending off most of Nelson’s takedowns. And when he was taken down, Schaub survived and returned the fight to the feet.
Standing is where most pundits felt Schaub would be able to realize an advantage, and for the better part of the fight that was accurate. Schaub kept peppering Nelson with his jab, but Nelson snuck in the occasional hard right hand.
At 3:45 of the first round, Nelson landed the one big right hand that Schaub couldn’t answer… because he was left flat on his back on the mat.
Nelson has been criticized his entire career for his pudgy physique. He poked fun at that in his post-fight comments, telling interviewer Joe Rogan, “I’m feeling pretty good. A little tired. I want to go get Burger King now.”
He didn’t joke around when he was asked what was next for him. Living up to his pedigree as the only International Fight League heavyweight champion, a title he defended twice, Nelson said he’s ready to step in with any heavyweight on the UFC roster.