Although not yet official, MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a bout between heavyweight fighters Frank Mir and Roy “Big Country” Nelson is being worked toward for the upcoming UFC 130 card, to take place this May.
Nelson’s UFC future has been unclear ever since UFC president Dana White revealed that boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Productions was suing both Zuffa, LLC and Nelson himself over claims that “Big Country” was still contractually obligated to Square Ring following his appearance on a 2009 Square Ring-promoted event titled March Badness. Apparently, Nelson’s contract issues have been cleared up and he will be making a return to the cage against a former UFC heavyweight champ in Mir.
Nelson last appeared in action at UFC 117 this past August, where he was dominated by current number one heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos en route to a unanimous decision defeat. Prior to that bout, Nelson had defeated young up-and-comers Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve in consecutive UFC fights. Winner of the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, Nelson holds a professional record of 15-5, with his losses coming against dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson, Ben Rothwell and Josh Curran.
Frank Mir recently rebounded from a knockout loss to Shane Carwin with a very lackluster win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Mir and “Cro Cop” engaged in little to no offense throughout their three round scrap until Mir dropped Filipovic with a knee in the final round and finished the bout. Prior to those two fights, Mir had defeated Cheick Kongo by submission in a brilliant performance and succumbed to a TKO defeat at the hands of then-champion Brock Lesnar. Mir holds a record of 14-5, with eight of his wins coming by submission, three by TKO, two by decision and one by disqualification.
UFC 130 is officially unannounced, but will likely take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this May 28th.