Roy Nelson Knocks The Hulk Out of UFC 161 Bout with Stipe Miocic

May 22, 2013
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Roy Nelson and Junior dos SantosRoy Nelson scored his latest knockout without setting foot in the Octagon.

Nelson knocked Soa Palelei out of his scheduled fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 on June 15 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, according to UFC officials.

Nelson took Palelei’s place in the fight with Miocic. The bout was also bumped to the pay-per-view portion of the fight card.

Palelei (18-3), riding an eight-fight winning streak, had lobbied long and hard to get a return shot in the UFC. He finally had it with the fight against Miocic (9-1), but that was before UFC interim bantamweight champ Renan Barão on Tuesday dropped off the card due to injury.

Barão was supposed to defend his belt against Eddie Wineland.

With the main event blown apart, UFC officials quickly elevated the co-main event between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson to headlining status, their bout remaining three rounds. The new co-main event is a fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

After that, however, the name value on the fight card took a significant drop, so the UFC decided to do something about it.

Enter “Big Country.”

Roy Nelson has become a fan favorite with his brash, blue-collar style. He’s the everyman of the Octagon.

Exit “The Hulk.”

Palelei will still make his UFC return, but it will be delayed. He’ll likely return later in the summer.

Nelson (19-7) is on a three-fight winning streak, knocking out Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo. With the rest of the top-end of the heavyweight division already occupied, Nelson had been in waiting mode, but now makes the quick turn from his win over Kongo on April 27 to fight Miocic.

Nelson gives the revamped UFC 161 fight card – the promotion’s first stop in Winnipeg – a much-needed boost in name value.

Miocic is coming off of a UFC on Fuel TV 5 main event loss to Stefan Struve. It was the first blemish on his otherwise spotless record.

It’s a tall order for Miocic, who has far less experience than Nelson, and has been on the sidelines since the September 2012 loss to Struve. Two of Nelson’s three latest knockout victories have come since Miocic last fought.

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  • Lucas Freire

    Nelson against this guy that was KOed by Struve’s jabs?

    I see some brain remains on the octagon

  • George Sperry

    Stipe has no chance against Nelson. He had no business in with Struve either. He is being rushed and it will ruin his career. Stipe isn’t even a full time MMA fighter, he’s a full time fireman and he works training around that.
    His management and the UFC are ruining this promising fighter.

    • Ian Price

      Oh yeah, and big country is training 3 times a day….. Right.

      Lets just face it: Roy is a badass.

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  • MPA2000

    Poorly written article. Try not to make a play words like this in the future.

    • kbroesq

      Yeah, I really don’t like the hate against MMA Weekly that I see about their writing, but I have to agree on this one. It was very confusing. He ‘knocked’ him out of the bout?

      How about you just say he replaced someone else, like you usually do. Don’t worry, I’ll still read it even though it doesn’t have a catchy hook!

    • bajafox

      This article is also posted in the UFC section of Yahoo Sports and the comments there are the same

  • Milosc

    So Dana: I guess Big Country isn’t such a bad guy, after all, eh?

  • tspoon88

    Another fight that can be added to Nelsons highlight reel. Tough luck for Miocic.

  • julian moran

    Nelson has nothing to gain from this fight.. other then a paycheck.

    • drkdisciple

      Well said…was going to write the same thing!

  • Tiddy28

    Well that got a whole lot tougher for Miocic. Looking forward to this fight, but Nelson is going to be a heavy favourite here.

  • HammerTrainingPA

    It obviously depends on the outcomes of both matches but this makes a Nelson-Hunt fight a little easier to schedule now.