88.2
Decision
15:00
      The first round basically had both guys hobbling around, while Mir destroyed the lead leg of Nelson with kicks. They both threw some decent punches, but for the most part, that round was all about Mir's leg kicks, mostly to the inside of Nelson's lead leg. Round one goes to Mir.
      The second round was another round of Mir beating up Nelson, while Nelson seemed like he had never been in a fight before. He was just throwing random shit, like an elderly Tank Abbott with no concern for accuracy or anything. Mir takes a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
      The final round was another round in the books for Mir, as he beat up Nelson for most of the round, until the very end where Nelson dumped him to the ground, but even that shouldn't be enough to steal the round for Nelson. Either way, Mir won the unanimous decision victory, breaking his 4-fight losing streak, and it continues Nelson's 4-fight losing streak.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Nelson started this fight by pumping a lot of jabs, and then he tried to clinch, but Cro Cop overpowered him in the clinch. They were both battling for control in this round, and it was a pretty close round overall. Neither fighter did a ton of damage, but I thought Cro Cop MAYBE did enough to win the round. It was a close round though.
     Cro Cop continued to chip away at Nelson in the second round, clipping him with some big shots, but Nelson just kept eating them, and then plowing forward like a bull. Nelson wasn't doing much of anything noteworthy, other than showing off his strong chin. He landed some big knees late in the round from the clinch, and then Cro Cop fired back with a brutal leg kick that nearly ripped Nelson's leg off. I have Cro Cop ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but this fight has been close, so I have no idea what the judges are thinking so far.
     Nelson was digging for a takedown in the final round, but Cro Cop was doing a good job slipping out of the shots with his sweaty legs. They both looked exhausted in the final round, with Cro Cop mostly just circling around the outside, trying to escape, and Nelson was plowing forward, but too tired to lift his arms. Nelson finally scored a takedown with a minute left in the fight, and then he just laid in Cro Cop's guard until the end of the round. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Cro Cop, but I wouldn't be shocked by anything at this point. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Cro Cop the unanimous decision victory. This is the second 3-Fight losing streak of Nelson's career, and the first 10-Fight winning streak of Cro Cop's career.
89.8
KO (Knees and Punches)
4:59
      These guys traded a few strikes, Nelson was down on his hands and knees, and Kharitonov blasted him with a hard knee to the head while Nelson was clearly grounded, so Nelson milked it for all it was worth. (I still think knees on the ground should be legal, I miss Pride rules...) The fight eventually started back up, and Kharitonov started picking apart Nelson with jabs, as Nelson was having trouble closing the distance. They both landed some hard shots, but I really felt like Kharitonov was controlling the striking exchanges for the most part. He really started to hammer Nelson with big punches & knees with a minute left in the round, Nelson tucked his chin and tried to fire back, but Kharitonov was too much for him, as he eventually dropped him with a series of hard knees from the clinch, some big punches, and Nelson landed face first on the canvas a second before the end of the round. That was a great first round finish by Sergei Kharitonov, against a guy that has a reputation for being tough (but also appears to basically be washed up at 42 years old).
88.9
Decision (Majority)
15:00
      The first round started with Nelson throwing some big slow overhand rights, which weren't landing, and Mitrione was blasting him with BIG HEAVY combinations, while showing some solid footwork. Mitrione started to mix in some hard inside leg kicks, and Nelson just looked lost out there. Nelson shot for a desperate takedown halfway through the round, and Mitrione was able to stuff the shot without much effort. Nelson continued to drive through, and he eventually took Mitrione down with 90 seconds left in the round, and he basically just smothered Mitrione against the fence. I'm scoring the first round for Mitrione, based on his boxing.
      The second round was basically just a sloppy boxing match, with both guys winging big shots, but both guys were clearly running out of energy as well. Mitrione was able to open up a cut on Nelson's left eye, so based on damage, and overall boxing skills, I have Mitrione ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Nelson scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, but all he did was lay on top of Mitrione, so I feel like Mitrione should be winning this fight, going into the final round, but the second round was closer than the first.
      The final round started as another sloppy slugfest, between two tired heavyweights, and then Nelson scored an early takedown, this time 90 seconds into the round. Nelson continued to grind Mitrione against the fence until the end of the round, resulting in a boring final round, that you would have to score for Nelson, based on top control, but he didn't really do much damage at all in this fight, and I gave the first two rounds to Mitrione, so this fight SHOULD be a 29-28 decision for Mitrione. Two judges agreed, and one declared the fight a draw, leading to a majority decision victory for Matt Mitrione, as he moves on to the second round of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      Nelson is making his Bellator debut, and Ayala welcomed him into the cage by firing bombs at him at a rapid pace to start the opening round, as he battered him while chasing him across the cage repeatedly. Nelson shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and he dumped Ayala to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Nelson pounded on Ayala with some punches & elbows, while trying to open him up for a Kimura. Nelson passed to full mount with 45 seconds left in the round. Nelson went for an Americana, and Ayala exploded back to his feet, and unloaded on Nelson with some wild strikes to finish the round. That round was a very even round, with Ayala doing far more damage on the feet, and Nelson held top control for a solid 90 seconds or so. I'm going to go against the grain, and give that round to Ayala, but I'm assuming most people will score that round or Nelson.
     Nelson took Ayala down in the second round, smothered him, took his back, tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and Ayala scrambled back to his feet, and threw some big punches, and then took down Nelson. They stood back up, traded some bombs, Nelson blasted Ayala with a series of hard uppercuts, and then dumped him to the ground again. Nelson finished the round strong, by dropping a series of heavy elbows. These guys are both tough as hell, but round two clearly goes to Nelson. I gave the first round to Ayala though, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Ayala came out swinging in the final round, he clipped Nelson, and then blasted him with a flying knee, and they both laughed at each other. They continued to brawl at a decent pace, and then Nelson shot in for a powerful takedown, dumping Ayala against the fence around the 90 second mark of the final round. Nelson worked some ground & pound by throwing some short punches, and then he tried to setup another Americana, and Ayala tried to kick off the fence to get out from under Nelson, but Nelson was able to keep him pinned. Nelson opened up in the final 15 seconds with some heavy punches to the head of Ayala, but he still wasn't able to finish him. These guys are both tough as hell, and that was a fantastic battle for Roy Nelson's Bellator debut. I'm finally excited to see Roy Nelson fight again, after losing some interest over the past few years. Congratulations to Nelson for the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Volkov started this fight with a head kick, a body kick, some basic clinching, and then they reset. They traded a few more strikes, clinched for a while against the fence, and then Big Country took down Volkov, and pinned him against the fence. Nelson tried to pin down one of Volkov's arms with his leg, but Volkov did a decent job scrambling around to avoid absorbing too much damage. Nelson was still grinding all over Volkov though, so I thought that round was in the bag for Nelson, but the referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Volkov unloaded on Big Country with some brutal combinations, forcing Nelson to fire back with wild overhand rights. Volkov might have stolen that round with his offense in the final 30 seconds.
     They traded strikes for a minute or so in the second round, and then Nelson pressed Volkov against the fence for some more clinching. They split up, traded a few more strikes, and then Nelson shot in for a hard takedown, but it was stuffed, so he backed out and reset again. Volkov was keeping Nelson at bay with his jabs, while Nelson was hammering him with big overhand punches while rushing forward like a tank. This fight is probably going to be all over the place on the scorecards. Volkov is clearly outlanding Nelson with volume, but they're all jabs. Nelson is winging wild punches, and probably rattling Volkov's head a bit more, but he looks ridiculous with the way he's rushing in. I have no idea who is winning, going into the final round.
     The third round was more of the same, with Nelson rushing forward doing the tank thing, while Volkov was picking him apart with his reach advantage. Nelson shot for one last big takedown attempt with 90 seconds left in the fight, but Volkov stuffed the shit out of it, and punished him with strikes. Volkov ended the round by literally running away from Nelson, and Nelson just chased him, looking to land that one last big shot, which he did, but it didn't seem to do much to Volkov. Volkov should more than likely win this fight on the scorecards. All 3 judges agreed, giving him all 3 rounds, and the crowd was pissed.
89.3
KO (Punches)
9:10
      The first round had Nelson throwing some big punches, and Silva throwing some big kicks. They both looked like they were a little bit timid in the first round. Both guys got hurt a little bit, and both guys showed an ability to absorb a decent amount of damage. Nelson shot in to clinch with 90 seconds left in the round, and basically just pressed Silva up against the fence. Nothing really happened in the final 90 seconds of that round. Honestly, that round could potentially go either way, especially since this is Brazil. Nelson probably won the round, but I wouldn't be shocked if they call that round a draw.
     They traded punches & kicks at a slow pace again in the second round. Silva then kicked Nelson in the dick 2 minutes into the round. When the fight continued, Silva rushed in, pressed Nelson against the fence, and they basically just stayed there for a while. When they split up, they went back to trading strikes at a really slow pace. All of their strikes have power behind them, and a lot of them are connecting, but they are so few & far between, that not a lot of actual damage is happening. Nelson landed that famous right hand, dropped Silva with a minute left in the round, he unloaded with some big punches while standing above Silva, Big John took a few seconds to stop the fight, and then Nelson kicked the referee in the ass to show his disapproval for stopping the fight so late. I mean, yeah, it sucks seeing Silva get his head pounded through the ground after getting knocked out SO MANY TIMES, but... The stoppage wasn't THAT late. So... Hopefully Nelson doesn't get fined TOO hard for kicking the ref after the fight was stopped.
90.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Lewis started this fight by throwing a couple of hard body kicks. They clinched, and Nelson pressed him up against the cage. The referee split them up due to inactivity, and Derrick Lewis blasted Nelson with some hard shots, possibly rocking him. Lewis followed him toward the cage, and then Nelson finally scored a takedown halfway through the opening round. Lewis exploded back to his feet, and then he nearly knocked Roy's head off with some brutal punches & knees, while chasing him around the cage. Nelson shot for another desperate takedown, and Lewis stuffed this one. Nelson pressed him against the cage, and stalled again. The referee split them up due to inactivity again. Lewis unloaded on Nelson again with massive punches, he threw a head kick, landed some more punches, and Nelson took him down again in the final 10 seconds. Nelson landed a few takedowns, but Lewis CLEARLY won that round by basically beating the living shit out of Nelson for 4+ minutes.
     Lewis threw a flying knee early in the second round. Every time I think he's exhausted, he explodes and throws some crazy shit that looks brutal as fuck. Nelson spent a good portion of the round stalking Lewis, but he wasn't really throwing much. Lewis looked liek he was waiting to counter something, but there was nothing to counter. Nelson pressed him against the cage again, and stalled again. Nelson finally scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the second round, and he landed in side control this time. Lewis powered his way back to his feet, Nelson tried to take his back, and then took Lewis down again, but Lewis popped right back up this time. Nelson scored one more takedown with 30 seconds left in the round. Lewis stood back up again, and finished the round with a couple of hard punches. I'm assuming Nelson won that round, but all he's doing is stalling. Lewis COULD be up by a round if the first round was 10-8, but more than likely, it's all tied up going into the final round.
     Lewis threw a head kick and a flying knee to start the final round. Nelson pressed him against the cage again. Nelson punched Lewis in the leg a few times, but this was all about the stall again. Nelson scored another takedown 90 seconds into the final round. Nelson laid on him for a minute or so, and then Lewis stood back up. Nelson continued to pressure him against the cage. Lewis landed some elbows to the side of Nelson's head, and then Nelson took him down again, but Lewis stood back up immediately. The referee split them up with 90 seconds left in the fight. Lewis went back to throwing bombs at Nelson's head. He landed another hard kick to the body as well. Lewis blasted Nelson with some brutal punches again, landed another knee, rocked Nelson, and then Nelson hugged him again with 30 seconds left in the fight. Lewis got some space, and continued to throw bombs at Nelson, and nearly knocked his head off with 10 seconds left in the fight. Nelson spent a lot of time on top, but he didn't do SHIT. Lewis on the other hand, spent a LOT of time looking for the kill, and he landed some BRUTAL shit. Hands down, Lewis wins this fight 29-28 in my opinion. If Nelson wins, I'm going to go punch the first bearded person with a mullet I see. Two judges agreed with me, and that's all I needed, giving him the split-decision victory. Lewis is The Black Beast for real.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      The first 3 minutes of this fight were very boring, with Nelson throwing a couple of punches, and then both guys just walking around in a circle. Rosholt clipped Nelson though, and followed up with a few shots, putting the ball back in Rosholt's court. By the end of the round, Rosholt was actually kind of picking apart Nelson with his jab. Round one goes to Rosholt. The second round was another slow paced round, with Nelson causing Rosholt to limp for a few seconds after a kick to the knee. Nelson got sloppy though, slipped, and got hit a few times by Rosholt. Nelson spent the last half of the round chasing Rosholt, throwing big bombs, but not really connecting with most of them. Still, I think Nelson's aggressiveness was enough to win the round for Nelson. I have the score all tied up going into the final round. The final round was really boring, like the rest of the fight. Rosholt shot for a single leg takedown at one point, but didn't get anywhere with it. This was one of the worst heavyweight fights I've seen in a while. I used to love Roy Nelson, but at this point, I don't really want to watch him fight anymore. I don't think anyone ever really wanted to see Rosholt fight in the first place, but... He at least had a solid winning streak going into this fight. This fight probably could have gone either way, and it could have easily been a draw. Instead, the judges gave it to Nelson via unanimous decision. I still really don't want to watch him fight anymore though.
90.8
Decision
25:00
      Nelson secured two takedowns in the first round, but Barnett beat the shit out of him from the clinch, with a lot of big knees and some heavy shots. So even though Nelson ended the round in top position, I still gave the first round to Barnett for his striking & the amount of damage dealt. They traded some SERIOUS shots in the second round, and Barnett really started to fuck up Nelson with some brutal knees from the clinch, along with some nice elbows & punches. That second round was a brutal war, with Barnett coming out on top. Nelson spent the first 2 minutes of the third round stalling in the clinch. There were a few decent exchanges, but Nelson spent pretty much the entire round just pressuring Barnett, bringing the fight to a grinding halt. Nelson looked like he was ready for a nap when that third round ended. Nelson applied more pressure, but Barnett was in better shape, so I gave all 3 of those first rounds to Josh Barnett. Barnett was fucking KILLING Nelson against the cage in the fourth round, as Nelson was gurgling with every breath, and Josh was SMASHING him with brutal elbows, and knees, and punches, nearly finishing the fight with his aggressive striking. Nelson took him to the ground though, Barnett went for a leg lock, Nelson grabbed his back, and they went back to their feet, where Nelson was able to stall some more against the cage, but Barnett was back in control by the end of the round. They both looked pretty much spent by the fifth round, so neither guy really delivered much damage. That round could have gone either way, but in the end, I thought Barnett won AT LEAST the first 4 rounds. The judges agreed, giving Barnett the unanimous decision victory.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty big heavyweight fight, but it wasn't as exciting as I would have liked. Overeem showed decent footwork, as he ran away for a good portion of the fight. He also landed a ton of huge knees though, so he looked pretty sharp overall. Nelson bullied him a little bit, cornering him a few times, and slammed him with big punches to the body & head up against the cage at least once in each round. But yeah, Overeem wins all 3 rounds, I personally gave Nelson the second round, but I guess I'm not going to argue the result, since most people seem to think Overeem was the clear winner in all 3 rounds. Decent fight, but I would have liked to see a stoppage for sure.
89.9
KO (Punch)
8:00
      Well shit... I sort of wanted Roy Nelson to win this fight, but I have to admit, that was fucking impressive. I gave the first round to Mark Hunt, but it was close. The second round, Nelson went crazy with a takedown, and I thought he was off to a good start, but Hunt rocked him with a big punch to the nose, and followed that up a few seconds later with a punch to the chin, planting Nelson flat on his face. Pretty awesome win for Mark Hunt. He HAS to be getting close to a title shot at this point, eh?
92.7
KO (Punch)
3:37
      BAM! There's not much to say about this fight, other than I was excited to watch it, and I thought maybe it might turn into a grappling match, since it took place in Abu Dhabi, and both of these guys have crazy grappling skills, but Roy Nelson picked apart Nogueira from the start of the fight, until the end of the fight, where he launched an overhand right, knocking Nogueira 100% unconscious. Roy Nelson is the man!!!
89.1
Decision
15:00
      This was a fight that I was really looking forward to, ONLY because I wanted to see Roy Nelson knock out Cormier. In the end though, this entire fight was basically just Daniel Cormier, beating up Nelson, throwing him around like a ragdoll, and dodging everything Nelson could throw at him. So yeah, I still don't like Cormier, but I think I'm finally starting to understand that the hype is legit. I still don't like him at Heavyweight though. At 205, this guy would be crazy good. Nelson on the other hand? I don't know what to think anymore. What happened to those big knockout skills!?!
89.4
Decision
15:00
      FUCK! I'm with the crowd on this one... Stipe Miocic looked awesome, he pretty much kicked Roy's ass the entire 15 minute fight, nonstop boxing, making Roy look foolish. That sucks though, because I've been pushing for Roy Nelson to get another title shot, and now he gets his ass beat by a guy that isn't even a Top 10 Fighters. There goes Roy's 3 fight winning streak. The heavyweight division is getting thinner by the minute.
91.6
KO (Punches)
2:03
      You know, a lot of people still consider him a joke, but as far as I'm concerned, I had Roy Nelson ranked as the #2 Heavyweight in the entire world going into this fight (and Kongo ranked somewhere around 9 or so). After knocking out the striker with one big punch, I actually DO think that Roy Nelson deserves a title shot right now. So, he just called out "Whoever wins at UFC 160", and I'll be really interested in hearing if Dana White is going to let that happen (since he hasn't been a fan of Nelson in the past). Great first round KO victory by Nelson though! BAM BAM!!!
91.4
TKO (Punches)
2:58
      Roy Nelson is still fat, but he knocks people the fuck out, so it's all good. He's always fun to watch, and I'm glad that he beat Mitrione's ass. It looked like Mitrione was off to a good start with his head kicks and other hard striking skills, but you can't hurt Big Country!!!
88.7
KO (Punch)
0:51
      Eh, what can I say? Roy Nelson punched the much taller Herman in the face, and Herman fell down on his ass, and the fight was stopped. Good fight by Roy Nelson I guess? I mean, clearly he deserved to win the fight, but it MIGHT have been a bit early on the stoppage by the referee. Still, fun fight I guess, primarily because of the positive personality of "Big Country" Roy Nelson. I wouldn't exactly consider this a big step up the heavyweight ladder or anything though.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, this fight would have been more exciting if somebody would have been finished, but it didn't happen. Fabricio Werdum threw some HUGE knees at Roy's face, and I was surprised he didn't get knocked down. When the fight went to the ground a couple of times, Fabricio Werdum looked like he was probably the more skilled grappler. Roy Nelson just wasn't able to get inside on Werdum, and the judges all gave the fight to Fabricio Werdum. Decent fight, but I wish this card had more finishes on it.
90.7
TKO (Punches)
11:30
      Every time Cro-Cop goes out to fight, I PRAY that he'll beat the shit out of the guy that he's up against, and EVERY TIME I'm disappointed by the results. In this fight, Cro-Cop ended up getting his ass kicked in the third round, but he got pretty crazy at a few spots in the first 2 rounds. In the end, Big Country Roy Nelson proved to be too fat for Cro-Cop to handle, and he exhausted Cro-Cop by flopping his belly onto his face while on the ground for a little bit too long. I guess this was Cro-Cop's final fight?
90.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was actually pretty surprising by how one sided it was. Roy Nelson is a legit heavyweight, but he just looks super fat. Frank Mir is a legit heavyweight, and he looked like he was in pretty good shape here. He was able to knee the fuck out of Nelson's face all 3 rounds, he was able to take him to the ground at will (including a HUGE Judo throw in the first round), he controlled him on the ground, and overall, Mir just won all 3 rounds, hands down. Great fight for Mir, and I'm not sure where Nelson's head was at here.
93.0
Decision
15:00
      I've been wanting to see this fight for a while, because I've always considered Junior dos Santos to be the better fighter, but for some reason, I've had Roy Nelson ranked above him for a while (based on how our site tracks stats, etc...) So with that being said, this was a 3 round brawl, Roy Nelson WILL NOT QUIT, he is a beast, but Junior dos Santos threw everything he possibly could at Roy, including tons of BRUTAL punches, and even a takedown. Junior clearly won this fight, but Roy Nelson is no joke.
91.3
TKO (Punches)
0:39
      Big Country! Nice quick victory by Roy Nelson, taking out (in my opinion) a Top 10 Heavyweight, by knocking him the fuck out in under a minute in the first round. Roy Nelson is big, fat, and legit. I tend to think of him as a joke, but he always surprises me, and he's quickly becoming one of my favorite fighters to watch. Excellent quick finish.
89.9
KO (Punch)
3:45
      This fight was just about the only worthwhile fight on the card, and it was good to see it end quickly, because I was pretty bored with this event as a whole. Schaub looked aggressive for the most part, but Nelson was able to counter a punch, and he knocked Schaub on his ass. So yeah, Roy Nelson is your Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Champion... Cool I guess.
90.7
TKO
(Punches)
4:13
     These guys both came out throwing fire at each other, missing with most of their strikes, but they were still swinging for the fences. Nelson pressed McSweeney against the fence, and McSweeney sort of teased with a guillotine choke, but that went nowhere, so they split back up. They continued to trade violent punches, and then Nelson shot for a takedown, and started working for the mounted crucifix that he used to finish Kimbo in the first round. Nelson had McSweeney pinned with 90 seconds left in the round, and then he unloaded with those same short punches that finished Kimbo, and this time, he finished McSweeney with around 45 seconds remaining in the opening round. Fantastic win for Nelson, as he moves on to the tournament final. Roy Nelson is legit, whether you like him or not.
88.4
Decision
(Majority)
10:00
     These guys clinched early, and Nelson pressed Wren up against the fence. The referee broke them up 90 seconds into the round due to inactivity. They chased each other around for the rest of the round, throwing some random punches, but neither fighter really stood out very much in that round. I'm scoring the first round a draw.
     They continued to run at each other like two bulls in the second round, while trading some sloppy punches here & there. Nelson dropped Wren to a knee for a second at one point, so that was cool I guess, but Wren came back firing punches of his own, making it really hard to score this fight. Honestly, it wasn't a great fight, it felt more like a really hard sparring match between two heavyweights. Neither guy really went for the finish, but neither guy really ever stopped throwing offense either. I scored the fight slightly for Nelson, and two judges agreed, giving him the 10 minute majority decision.
87.3
TKO (Strikes)
7:01
      These guys spent the first two minutes trading punches at a very slow pace, and then Kimbo unloaded with some big punches, which forced Big Country to clinch, as he pressed Kimbo against the fence for a while. He eventually whipped him to the ground with a body lock with 90 seconds left in the opening round, allowing Nelson to land in full mount. Nelson moved to side mount while throwing short punches, and Kimbo ALMOST swept him by kicking off the cage, but Nelson did a good job keeping him pinned. Nelson finished out the final 30 seconds punching Kimbo in the face from the mounted crucifix, and the referee nearly stopped the fight, but he clearly gave Kimbo the benefit of the doubt. Nelson wins round one, 10-9.
     Kimbo came out throwing bombs to start the second round, he clipped Nelson with some hard shots, so Nelson took him down, landed with the mounted crucifix again, started working with some short punches again, and this time, it was way too early in the round, so the referee was forced to stop the fight. Congrats to Roy Nelson for stopping the Kimbo hype train in it's tracks.
90.0
KO (Punch)
6:46
      The first round of this fight didn't do much of anything for me, with both guys throwing some solid strikes, but most of the round consisted of Roy Nelson trying to take Arlovski to the ground & failing (for the most part). Nelson took Arlovski to the ground once, and secured the side mount, but couldn't really do anything with it. The second round stepped it up a notch with both guys swinging big, and Arlovski was able to throw together a brilliant leg kick / multiple punch combo to knock Nelson off balance, and eventually sent him crashing to the ground. I'm not 100% sure if Nelson was officially unconscious or not, but he sure looked like he got knocked the fuck out as his big ass fell brutally to the ground. Andrei Arlovski is cool.
88.4
TKO (Punches)
2:55
      These guys both came out throwing sloppy punches, and Imes got clipped 30 seconds into the fight, going into chicken leg mode. Imes continued to throw sloppy punches, but he's really not a very good fighter. Nelson on the other hand, was throwing brutal punches, and he threw Imes through the ropes 90 seconds into the fight. They continued to chip away at each other for another minute or so, until Nelson put Imes down with a shotgun blast from his right hand. Here we are with another fantastic finish by Roy Nelson, against a fighter that clearly doesn't belong in the same league as him. Where is that Ben Rothwell rematch?
87.4
TKO (Punches)
3:20
      This fight started with Nelson shooting for a single leg, but he ended up just pressing Scherner against the corner. One minute into the round, Nelson finally dumped Scherner to the ground. Nelson used all of his body weight to stack his way past Scherner's guard, into an awkward variation of side control, as Scherner tucked his face into Nelson's crotch to avoid strikes. Scherner scrambled back to his feet, Nelson took him back down immediately, he grabbed Scherner's back, and then punched him in the face until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Solid win for Nelson, against a dude that I've never personally seen win a fight.
89.5
KO (Punch)
4:22
      These guys both came out throwing bombs, trying to knock each other's heads off. They clinched, and threw each other around the ring a little bit, with neither fighter being very successful with any sort of true control. They broke apart and continued to throw bombs at each other. That first round was sloppy as shit, and it probably could have been scored either way, but since Nelson knocked down a tired Jaoude in the final seconds (Jaoude was saved by the bell), then I'll give that round to Nelson. The second round started with Nelson punching Jaoude in the face, Jaoude fell down, Nelson punched him a couple more times, and Jaoude was unconscious. Congrats to Roy Nelson for winning the IFL Heavyweight Championship.
89.2
TKO (Punches)
9:01
      I'll be honest, I didn't see the first two rounds. These guys came out swinging in the third, and Nelson quickly tripped Vetell, landing inside his guard. Nelson pounded on Vetell with big punches from above, eventually finishing the fight just one minute into the third round. This was a really solid performance by Roy Nelson, but I really would have liked to see the first two rounds as well.
87.3
Decision
12:00
      These guys clinched early, Ott tripped Nelson to the ground, but they stood back up immediately, with Ott landing some big punches on the way back up. They continued to clinch, Ott threw Nelson to the ground, Nelson popped back up and knocked down Ott. This fight is one of those "two big bulls locking horns" style fights. Halfway through the opening round, Nelson tripped Ott, and then took his back, looking for the rear-naked choke. They stood back up, and Nelson yanked Ott back to the ground, grabbed his back again, and continued to look for that choke. Ott was saved by the bell, but round one clearly goes to Nelson.
     The second round was basically just a clinchfest, with Nelson in control the entire time, throwing short knees to the body, and short punches to the face. Nelson is clearly winning this fight, both rounds so far, but I would like to see him go for the kill instead of just clinching. Nelson took down Ott with 7 seconds left in the round, but that didn't leave him enough time to actually do anything down there.
     They went to the ground a minute or so into the third round, and after a bit of a scramble, Ott ended up on top. Ott blasted Nelson with some punches, and then Nelson flipped him to the ground, with Nelson ending up in side control. Nelson grabbed Ott's back again, went for the rear-naked choke, beat up Ott with some punches, and won this fight 30-27 across the board. Decent win for Nelson, but I'm kind of surprised he couldn't finish Ott.
90.5
Decision (Split)
12:00
      Rothwell cornered Nelson at the start of this fight, and picked him apart with a lot of fast punch combinations, so Nelson clinched with him, pressed him against the ropes, Rothwell sort of grabbed the ropes, so the referee took a point away from him. Rothwell continued to pick apart Nelson with strikes, and then he clinched with him, pressing Nelson against the corner. They both traded some wild strikes, and then Nelson pressed Rothwell against the ropes again. I would score that round for Rothwell, but since the referee took away a point, I scored that round a draw.
     Rothwell landed some good punches in the second round, and then clinched with Rothwell, trying to take him down against the ropes, but Rothwell was able to stay standing. Rothwell started to beat up Nelson later in the round. Nelson came back with some shots of his own in the final minute of the round. I would probably score that round a draw as well, because they both landed some great shots, and they seemed to have similar control from the clinch as well. In my opinion, this fight comes down to whoever wins the final round.
     They clinched to start the final round, Nelson sort of took Rothwell to the ground, and Rothwell popped right back up, pressing Nelson against the corner. They were trading strikes for the final 3 minutes of the final round. Nelson tripped Rothwell, and took him to the ground again, but Rothwell stood right back up again. They continued to trade wild bombs for the final minute of the round on the feet. In the end, Rothwell won some points with his takedown, they both showed great striking, and in the end, I really have no idea how to score this fight. I would sort of lean toward Rothwell, but since Nelson got that bonus point in the first round, then I guess I'm calling this fight a draw overall. The judges split the decision, giving it to Ben Rothwell.
89.4
TKO (Punches)
2:38
      These guys ran right at each other like two big bulls, swinging for the fences, both landing some serious shots, until around the halfway mark of the first round, where Nelson blasted Rinaldi with a big left right combo, followed by another combination that knocked him to the ground, where Nelson finished him off with some mounted ground & pound. Awesome fight for Roy Nelson, making up for his loss a couple of months ago, to Buffalohead.
86.9
TKO (Punches)
1:55
      Here we have a couple of true heavyweights, that both look like they could stand to lose 50 or so pounds. They both traded some punches, not really landing much of anything significant, until Nelson clinched, and took Lucero to the ground with a nice trip. Once Nelson landed in full mount, he punched Lucero in the head with some pretty solid punches, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Nice IFL debut for Roy Nelson.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Here we have two great big heavyweights, throwing big punches, and squashing each other with their grappling. Nelson looked like he was well on the way to a finish in the second round, with a slick armbar attempt, but Curran was able to roll out of it, ending up on top where he beat up Nelson a little bit. Curran nearly finished Nelson at the end of the second round, rocking him with some big punches, and almost knocking him out of the ring. Nelson was getting fucked up there at the end of the round. They continued to brawl, albeit at a slow pace, during the third round, and Nelson clinched, and almost caused them both to fall out of the ring. The story of this fight was massive amounts of heart, and terrible cardio. With that being said, it as a pretty good fight, and a nice hard fought victory for Josh Curran, as he won the unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Roy Nelson.