Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
It’s time for our main event, as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira squares off with Roy Nelson.
Nogueira (34-8-1), a former interim UFC heavyweight champion, has not fought since last June when he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum. He is 3-4 in his last seven, with two knockout and two submission defeats.
Nelson (19-9) is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid, as he lost to Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic via decision last year. Prior to that, the former Ultimate Fighter winner had finished Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman.
Round 1: Great show of respect by these two, shaking hands to start. Nelson keeping his hands up tight and Nogueira is closing the distance. Nelson fires off a quick right and another, eating a few shots from Nogueira. Big uppercut from Nelson and another drops Nogueira. However, he lets him get to his feet, wanting nothing of the ground game. Nelson going on the attack and Nogueira on his bike, backing up quickly. Huge overhand right just misses from “Big Country.” Nogueira lands his own jab and remains standing right in front of Nelson. Quick right from the American and he comes in with another right that floors Nogueira. He lands a shot on the ground, Nogueira to his feet, and Nelson hits him again. He just has such a quick release of his right that Nogueira can’t block it. Another lands and with 1:20 left Nelson pops another right flush to the face of Nogueira that drops him down and out. This one is all over.
Roy Nelson def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (right-hand) at 3:37 of Round 1