Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem Added to UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos

January 6, 2015
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going big in its return to Dallas on March 14. The promotion on Tuesday announced that heavyweight bruisers Roy Nelson and Alistair Overeem would face off at UFC 185 at the American Airlines Center.

The fight card is headlined by a UFC lightweight championship bout between current titleholder Anthony Pettis and challenger Rafael dos Anjos.

SEE ALSO: Anthony Pettis Will Defend Belt Against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185

Roy Nelson

Nelson (20-10) is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to Mark Hunt last September. The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner, Nelson has lost three of his last four bouts, so a victory against Overeem is crucial.

Overeem (38-14, 1 NC) had lost two of his first three UFC fights, but has flipped that around, winning two of his three most recent bouts. He fought at UFC on FOX 13 in December, where he knocked out Stefan Struve.

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  • mmalive

    Overeem needs to stay away with good foot movement and crisp striking by Nelson. Nelson is a one punch KO guy and very dangerous if he connects.

  • Ian Price

    Great. Pair up a guy who’s great at knocking people out, with a guy who’s great at being knocked out.

    • Ian’s Mom

      Great at knocking amateurs out.

      Great at being knocked out by big durable fighters who are not easily out muscled.

      There is height and reach difference here that favors Reem.

      • shakejunt

        do me next. you can be shakejunt’s 2nd dad.

  • Skillia Deodormating

    An overhead right from fatty could end Overroid. Alistar needs to keep his distance and use a lot of kicks. Then Dana will give him a title shot just for beating fatty. I hate Dana.

  • Seth

    Reem will take a nap. Don’t worry, though! They will wake him up in time, so he can hear that he lost the fight by KO.

  • Reem’s dad

    First, Reem loses to durable fighters that are not easily out muscled by him.

    Second, Roy’s punches may be quick enough to catch amateurs like Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione off guard but are not quick enough for half-decent fighters.

    If Reem can’t beat Roy Nelson, he should just retire.

    • Seth

      It’s not his skill, nor his experience we worry. It’s all in his glass chin, that will give Roy a victory. You don’t need to drop a bomb on Reem. Bitch slap him and he’s out, that’s all.

  • cheflacsto

    This is actually a pretty interesting match up, Reem should win this one but you never know. Nelson could land the overhand right and knock him out but I think Alistair will prevail.

  • Joe Dog

    Two exactly opposite physiques collide. What a freak show spectacle this will be. If Overeem has a little cardio, keeps his guard up and avoids Nelson’s lucky punch game plan, he should win this one.

  • shakejunt

    i have no faith in overeem at this point. struve just had a weaker jaw than him. i think roy finds that one punch towards the end of round 1 when overeem starts dropping his hands.

    • deepgrim

      The reem might look for the taskedown and work a bit of gnp. His stand up is much better than roys, but you feel on the feet sooner or later roy will connect and overeem will drop. Havent been impressed by overeem since he beat lesnar back when he was juicy’n up

      • shakejunt

        overeem is by far the better fighter, i just don’t trust him to fight to his potential.

        • deepgrim

          i think he has realised now that he cant stand and trade with the heavyweights now because of his chin. he even looked scared on the feet against struve- but he has a very good ground game so he may go to that

          • shakejunt

            the first 3 minutes of most any fight are all him, there’s just no telling what’ll happen once his hands drop.

  • Wardsize

    Overroid will smother Roy against the fence, hold him there and grind him down. Then take downs for GNP.