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UFC 117: Roy Nelson Vs. Junior Dos Santos

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The UFC is starting off the main card with a bang with this heavyweight title eliminator between dos Santos and Nelson. “Big Country” enters the arena to “I’m Fat” by Weird Al Yankovic again, his mullet waving in all its glory. Dos Santos walks out to “Gonna Fly Now” (the Rocky theme) by Bill Conti and it’s every bit as epic as it sounds.

Round 1: They touch gloves and begin the feeling out process. Dos Santos whiffs a big one. Nelson misses a punch and drops to the ground for a takedown, he presses “Cigano” against the cage and tries relentlessly for the takedown. Dos Santos breaks the clinch after a few moments and lands a big knee. Nelson recovers and they meet in the middle. Dos Santos rocks Nelson with a big uppercut. Dos Santos is all over him, taking his time and battering the very game Nelson. “Big Country” is still in this but Dos Santos is taking his time with wounded prey. He nails another uppercut and Nelson cannot stay on his feet. Nelson gets back up and eats several knees for his trouble. Nelson fires back to let Dos Santos know that he’s still in this. “Cigano” still taking his time, Nelson still engaging Dos Santos despite his battered state. Dos Santos is picking his shots and landing clean but Nelson keeps moving forward, he’s looking to load up and land a big shot. Dos Santos landing consistently with his uppercut. The round ends with Dos Santos landing cleanly to Nelson’s face. scores the round 10-9 for Dos Santos

Round 2: Dos santos still taking his time and landing clean. Nelson with a huge right hand, Dos Santos eats it and shrugs off a takedown attempt. Dos Santos fires back. Nelson pushing forward, trying to land. The pace has slowed a bit, especially on Dos Santos’ end. Dos Santos lands two big body shots, Nelson still loading up on his overhand right. Nelson trudging forward against all odds. Nelson goes for a takedown and almost bulls Dos Santos through the cage but Dos Santos deftly fights it off. They are still clinched against the cage. “Cigano” with a cut and some swelling under his right eye. Dos Santos takes a deep breath and shoots for his own rare takedown, it is shrugged off. Dos Santos lands a serious body shot. Dos Santos with a solid left hook. Nelson looking a little worse for the wear, he tries a takedown and Dos Santos shucks him off easily. The round ends with Dos Santos looking confused as to how to finish Nelson. scores the round 10-9 for Dos Santos.

Round 3: They touch gloves and start the round swinging. Nelson whiffs a big right. Dos Santos landing heavy combos and Nelson keeps looking to land the big right. Dos Santos with a solid front kick that touches Nelson chin. Dos Santos with yet another solid uppercut. Dos Santos shoots for a single leg and actually gets Nelson down. He backs off to let Nelson up and Nelson stays on one knee for a moment, Dos Santos backs off and they stand up to trade some more. Dos Santos easily avoids a big Nelson right hand. Nelson not looking like he’s going away but he’s not able to mount much offense at all. Nelson with a leg kick. Dos Santos still picking his shots, showing discipline. He lands a solid knee. Nelson taking a few steps back with some big, deep breaths. Dos Santos landing with combos to the body and head. “Cigano” with a knee against the fence. Dos Santos pours it on at the end but still can’t put Nelson down. scores the round 10-9 for Dos Santos.

The two men embrace and Nelson drops to the canvas. Dos Santos won this fight but Nelson made him work for it.

Junior dos Santos defeated Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (scores of 30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Dos Santos gives all the props in the world to Nelson for his gameness, says he will be ready for the title shot he just earned.