“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.