As expected, the UFC announced today that impending superstar Junior dos Santos will resume his meteoric climb up the heavyweight ladder when he meets Roy “Big Country” Nelson at UFC 117 inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Nelson owns a respectable 15-4 overall record, however is a perfect 2-0 since entering the UFC. The 33-year-old was last seen putting 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve to sleep at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi in March.
Although Nelson looked impressive in his 1stRound knockout of Brendan Schaub to capture “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” tournament and the six-figure UFC contract, “Big Country” legitimized his status as a potential contender with the 33 second knockout of the talented Struve.
Speaking of first round KOs, dos Santos disposed of former top contender Gabriel Gonzaga that same evening in Broomfield, Colorado. The win bumped his record to a dominant 11-1, however what’s most impressive is that he’s finished in all five of his Octagon outings.
Dos Santos also knocked out the aforementioned Struve at UFC 95 this past February.
A middleweight title bout between champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will headline the August 7th event.