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Roy Nelson: “If Cheick wants to fight, then I’m ready to go.”

Cheick Kongo - MMAWEEKLYUFC heavyweight Roy Nelson (18-7) knows he’s in for a fight tomorrow night at UFC 159 when he collides with Cheick Kongo (18-7-2). He’s just not sure what kind of clash he should expect. On one hand, Kongo hits extremely hard and has enough technique at his disposal to keep opponents guessing when it comes to the strikes being thrown. On the other, Kongo also has a reputation for playing dirty and isn’t afraid to pick opponents apart instead of fully engage them as a means of self-preservation.

Nelson acknowledged all the possibilities this week at a press conference promoting the event where he made it clear he’s coming for Kongo’s head but isn’t looking to participate in a track meet as a means of slicing it off.

“Cheick has a few strategies. I’ve got to make sure he doesn’t try to grab my shorts. That’s a big one. Knees to the balls – that’s a big one. No grabbing the fence. And then hopefully he won’t run,” explained Nelson in a conversation captured by “So those are all the things I’m looking at. I’m there to fight, and try to knock his block off.”

“If Cheick wants to fight, then I’m ready to go. But if he’s going to run, I didn’t bring my running shoes. I’ll chase him down if I have to. But at the end of the day, I just want to fight,” he concluded.

All five of Nelson’s wins in the Octagon have been the result of a TKO. Meanwhile, ten of Kongo’s total victories have come by way of strikes though he’s picked up lackluster decisions in his last two triumphs.


  • MCM says:

    Love how Roy isn’t afraid to call fighters out. It’s that outspokenness that will keep me as a fan. I also think this Roy’s fight to lose. Kongo has always been week on the ground and if Roy takes him down, he’ll sub him out in short order. But Roy doesn’t have great takedowns so that’s not a forgone conclusion. I also know that Cheik is, technically, the better striker but compare their fights against Meathead and Roy definitely comes across as the more dangerous of the two on the feet. I don’t think Nelson hits as hard as Mark Hunt but I can see him coming out with yet another KO victory tomorrow night.

    IFL Never Dies!

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I see Big Country taking Kongo down and cruisifixing him and getting a tko victory

  • Screenplaya says:

    The only way I can see Kongo winning is if he takes down Roy and does some GNP. I don’t think picking Roy apart will work because eventually Roy will rush and land, and…

    …though there may be little difference between how hard each guy punches, there is yawning gulf of difference between how well the two can take a punch. Roy’s chin is excellent, while Kongo go knocked flat by the best submission fighter in the HW division (Mir).

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Congo used to be exciting but now its just exciting to see him get ko ed which I think nelsons gonna do.


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