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Heavyweights collide: Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 21

“The Ultimate Fighter 10” heavyweight winner Roy Nelson (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is expected to receive his second official test in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 21 against Stefan Struve (19-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Fighters Only Magazine has reported that verbal agreements have been made and that at least one of the two fighters has returned a signed written bout agreement.

“Big Country” Nelson, a Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt, is coming off of a huge knockout win over fellow TUF10 finalist Brendan Schaub at the TUF10 Finale in December. Leading up to the Finale, Nelson was routinely criticized by MMA fans for his cocky post-fight antics and his sound but less than stellar performances during the preliminary rounds of the TUF10 tournament. One of the performances lamented by the MMA community included a TKO victory over the ever-popular brawler Kimbo Slice in the first preliminary round.

Best known for his stint as the IFL heavyweight champion, Nelson has waged wars throughout his career with the likes of Ben Rothwell, Jeff Monson, and Andrei Arlovski.

Struve, a heavyweight hailing from Holland, looks to continue his winning streak to four straight bouts. As an introduction into the UFC, the young Dutchman was matched with rising contender Junior Dos Santos and lost by TKO in first round. Following the loss, Struve has earned submission victories over Denis Stojnic, Chase Gormley, and most recently earned a majority decision over experienced veteran Paul Buentello.

UFC Fight Night 21 is scheduled to take place on March 31 at an undisclosed venue in North Carolina. Also currently rumored for the card is a middleweight bout between Nate Quarry and Jorge Rivera.

15 COMMENTS
  • PsYc0tIkDrEaM says:

    The Last Tall guy to fight Nelson didn’t go so well. It’ll end up the same for Struve

  • retrofitting123 says:

    I LOVE this matchup and the whole card so far!!!!!!!I think Nelsons style will win this one. Struve hasny mastered using his reach so the fatman will close the distance.

  • doowm says:

    roy nelson has almost made me a fan.don’t care for all the belly rubbin bs post fight, but it seems like he goes in there w/ a business like attitude and frame of mind: stick to the game plan, get the job done. if he makes struve look bad in this fight (i’d like to see a sub out of roy) then i’ll be a full fledged supporter then.
    ps. i think struve’s too skinny to be a hw.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    i much rather see Roy Nelson vs Paul Buentallo

    that would be Fight Of the Night material all the way

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Talk about contrasting body-styles!

  • Rece Rock says:

    Guess they figured out what to do with Nelson huh

  • KTru says:

    doowm: roy nelson has almost made me a fan.don’t care for all the belly rubbin bs post fight, but it seems like he goes in there w/ a business like attitude and frame of mind: stick to the game plan, get the job done. if he makes struve look bad in this fight (i’d like to see a sub out of roy) then i’ll be a full fledged supporter then.
    ps. i think struve’s too skinny to be a hw.

    haha what? Would you rather see him at LHW? Or MW?

  • KTru says:

    honestly I don’t like this matchup this early for Struve. Sure he beat Buentello in a close match. Which only proved how much of a bad ass Junior dos Santos really is. I guess what I am saying is Big Country should win. But I’ll be rooting for Skyscraper

  • retrofitting123 says:

    doowm: roy nelson has almost made me a fan.don’t care for all the belly rubbin bs post fight, but it seems like he goes in there w/ a business like attitude and frame of mind: stick to the game plan, get the job done. if he makes struve look bad in this fight (i’d like to see a sub out of roy) then i’ll be a full fledged supporter then.ps. i think struve’s too skinny to be a hw.  (Quote)

    I like ur point about the weight but at almost 7ft i dont think he can make 205. he will fill out with age but for now i think he lacks the the brute strength of guys like dos santos,cain carwin ,mir etc

  • Guthookd says:

    I think Struve has a good chance here. He’s good on the ground and he won’t let Big Country just roll him over and tap on him. Sure Roy got a pretty good shot in the last time out, but we’ll see.

    Either way I look forward to the fight. I think it would be a worthwhile win for either one of them.

    Good luck to both fighters.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Struve doesn’t have the power or technique to keep Nelson at the end of his strikes and hurt him. And on the ground Nelson has great bjj and knows how to use his weight to neutralize opponents. I’m going with Nelson on this one.

  • elkymbo says:

    I reckon Big Country by suffocation.

  • sexy-yama says:

    i’d love to see nelson crucifix him, now that would be impressive

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Nelson wins.

  • misterx says:

    Struve’s chin is very underrated! Dos Santos fight stopped to early, stojnic fight get his head wide open, buentello fight get real big shots, no KO losses…

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