According to posts on Roy “Big Country” Nelson's Twitter and Facebook accounts, the Las Vegas native will be taking on French heavyweight Cheick Kongo on July 3rd at UFC 116. This fight will mark Nelson's second in the UFC since he knocked out Brendan Schaub at “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale” in December to become the TUF Season 10 champion.
Nelson (15-4) has looked stellar in both of his UFC appearances, both knockouts over Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve, respectively. Going in to the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter Nelson had already established himself as a crafty and experienced competitor, having compiled seventeen fights and spent time in the cage with MMA veterans like Ben Rothwell, Jeff Monson and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. He gained widespread notoriety during his appearance on the TUF reality show, largely for his comical physical appearance and thorough drubbing of the show's darling, Kimbo Slice. Nelson has proved in his UFC appearances that, while he may look the part, he is no joke and should not be taken lightly by anyone in the division. An impressive win over Kongo would have Nelson hovering very closely to the title picture.
Cheick Kongo (15-6-1) has had an up-and-down career in the UFC, never posting more than three wins before being knocked off track. Although he impressed with three straight knockout or technical knockout wins over Dan Evensen, Mostapha Al Turk, and Antoni Hardonk, the memories of those fights were quickly replaced with those of a sound defeat to Cain Velasquez and a definitive knockout loss to Frank Mir. While Kongo recently defeated Paul Buentello to get back in the win column, he is still a long way away from even being considered to be on the periphery of the stacked heavyweight title picture. A win over Nelson would be an impressive feat for Kongo and would put him one step closer to becoming a legitimate contender in the heavyweight division.
UFC 116 will take place on July 3rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will likely be headlined by the highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Shane Carwin and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.