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Roy Nelson-Stipe Miocic signed on short notice for UFC 161

Roy Nelson-Stipe Miocic signed on short notice for UFC 161

In the wake of headliner Renan Barao’s injury withdrawal from UFC 161, the promotion’s matchmaking team has put together an impressive heavyweight tilt aimed at softening the blow to the card’s lineup. Fresh off his finish of Cheick Kongo, fan-favorite Roy Nelson will mix it up with Stipe Miocic at the June 15 event in hopes of winning his fourth straight fight.

Though not announced, MMAJunkie was able to confirm the clash with UFC President Dana White. It is unknown if a replacement will be found for Miocic’s original opponent, Soa Palelei.

The 19-7 “Big Country” has notched opening round knockouts in a trio of tilts since his last stumble. Seventeen of his victories have featured some form of stoppage including those over Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve, and Mirko Filipovic.

Miocic hasn’t seen action since losing to Struve last September. The defeat was the first of his career, snapping a three-fight run in the Octagon as well. Like Nelson, he too is known for knockout power, winning all but two of his nine triumphs by way of TKO.

In addition to Nelson-Miocic, the PPV portion of UFC 161 will feature bouts between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira-Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans-Dan Henderson.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Im in. This looks like a good one. Fatman ko in the 2nd

  • MCM says:

    Not crazy about this fight. I’m sure Roy is just doing this for the quick payday and to help save the card, but I wish he would have held out for fight that mattered. I think everyone agrees that Big Country has earned a right to fight top guys and as much as I like Stipe, he’s just not one of them.

    And I like Stipe. I think he’s potentially one of the future stars of the division, but he’s not there right now and tossing him against Roy is only gonna give him 2 L’s in a row. I like his match up with Sao better and think he needs a couple more guys like that before taking on top 10ers like Nelson.


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