It seems the bout between Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Daniel Cormier is Twitter official, given their recent tweets:
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) July 18, 2013
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 18, 2013
While Big Country hasn’t officially signed a new contract with the UFC, Dana White has an ear for the fans and seems to do his best to make the fights fans want to see. White has hinted that he has plans to make the fight between Cormier and Nelson on the UFC 166 card slated for October 19th in Houston, headlined by the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos rubber match for the UFC heavyweight championship.
In his last fight, Big Country replaced Soa Palelei on short notice to be brutalized over 15 minutes by Stipe Miocic. Nelson was on the last fight of his UFC contract and had a three-fight winning streak in which he knocked out every opponent in the first round. Nelson took a gamble, hoping to win his fight against Miocic and gain leverage for a better contract.
Unfortunately, he looked a bit sluggish and too predictable for the quick and accurate Miocic and ended his contract on a loss.
The undefeated Cormier is coming off a dominant decision win over Frank Mir in April, and is likely itching to get back in the cage soon. The fight would produce an interesting stylistic matchup, pitting Cormier, a stellar wrestler with strong standup against Nelson, an iron-chinned jiu-jitsu specialist with KO power.
Big Country is a huge fan favorite and is never in a boring fight. This fight should be fireworks.