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Fight Rewind: Stipe Miocic Dominates Roy Nelson

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Stipe Miocic will look to keep the ball rolling Saturday night when he faces Fabio Maldonado in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Maldonado from Brazil.

While originally scheduled to meet Junior dos Santos, Miocic knows first-hand what a lack of complete focus can do in a fight, as evident in his win over Roy Nelson.

Now, courtesy the UFC, check out the complete fight replay from Miocic vs. Nelson in the video below, along with FightLine’s play-by-play of the fight that night.

Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic

The co-main event is next, as heavyweight contender Roy Nelson (19-7) seeks a fourth straight victory when he takes on Stipe Miocic (9-1), who is coming off his first career loss to Stefan Struve last year. The referee will be Jerin Valel.

Round 1: Nelson throwing heavy haymakers, but Miocic avoiding them so far. Big right lands off a fake takedown by Nelson. Miocic fires off his own right that lands. Left lands by Nelson, and Miocic answers right back. Overhand right thrown by Nelson and he is coming after Miocic, who connects with a combo of his own. Miocic clinches and ties Nelson up against the fence, landing a pair of knees before they separate. Nelson fakes a takedown and eats a right. Miocic is teeing off, forcing Nelson to shoot, which is denied. Miocic looking great right now with his striking. Step-in right by Nelson, followed by a missed right that allows Miocic to take his back and land. Nelson swinging his right, and MIocic lands a left and a right that has Nelson wobbled. Miocic has him caught up against the fence, landing a knee and elbows inside the clinch. Miocic teeing off, hits an uppercut and Nelson ties him up to stop the punishment.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miocic

Round 2: Nelson’s corner was very upset with him between rounds, telling him to stop chasing and cut off the cage. Miocic just the more effective striker, but it will only take one by Nelson to end it. Pair of big rights by Nelson, but Miocic is answering back, striking him with several lefts and an inside leg kick. Nelson looking exhausted, but still trying to throw his big right. Miocic using kicks to keep Nelson at bay, and striking with great success. Nelson fires off a huge uppercut that causes Miocic to backpedal, and he stops and lands a combo. Nelson breathing out of his mouth, as Miocic connects with another nasty combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miocic

Round 3: Nelson will need a finish to keep his pursuit of a title shot alive. Miocic lands a clean right, as Nelson is searching for a KO punch. He throws the big right, but misses. Miocic picking him apart with quick, precise jabs. He’s also done a tremendous job of faking takedowns and landing rights. Nelson lands and Miocic takes off with three minutes left. Nelson hits, and looks to be waiting for the right opportunity to go all-in. Miocic trips him to the mat and forces Nelson up against the fence as we go under two minutes. Uppercut by Nelson misses and Miocic moves across the Octagon. Miocic finishes strong and this one is going to the scorecards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nelson

Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)