“Big Country” Roy Nelson will not only step into the cage against Matt Mitrione in tonight’s finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson,” but also watch as Colton Smith, who was a member of Nelson’s team, fight to become the UFC’s newest TUF champion.
Before he was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter”, Nelson had competed in season ten where he met football player Brendan Schaub in the finale.
What led to this fight?
Both Nelson and Schaub were on a season of TUF that featured only heavyweight fighters coached by former UFC Light Heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson. Nelson and Schaub would both wind up on Evans’ team.
To get to the finals, Nelson defeated internet sensation Kimbo Slice and fellow teammates Justin Wren and James McSweeny.
Schaub would beat Demico Rogers, teammate Jon Madsen and Marcus Jones, who was the only member of Jackson’s team to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
What are some key moments during the match?
Early in the first round, Schaub is able to throw some combinations until Nelson gets him on the mat.
Nelson uses his weight and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to put Schaub in a crucifix position and keep him on the mat.
After taking some punches, Nelson delivers a right jab that knocks out Schaub.
The end result
Nelson is crowned “TUF: Heavyweights” and is also awarded “Knockout of the Night.”
What makes this fight significant?
In addition to this fight being the finals of “TUF: Heavyweights,” it also became a stepping stone to both Nelson and Schaub, who has grown popular over the last few years. This was also the first loss on Schaub’s professional MMA record.
Both Nelson and Schaub have experienced some success in the UFC and added some credible victories to their MMA record.
Other fights related to this one:
Rashad Evans vs. Brad Imes in for TUF 2: Heavyweight tournament championship in TUF 2 finale.
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones
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