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Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson: So Much At Stake

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Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports

Roy Nelson is currently set to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 166. Both fighters are looking to build some momentum in hopes of getting a title shot, and it has the potential to end quickly as both have power in their hands. Coming into this bout, a lot has been said between both fighters, making this a good feud in the works.

Cormier is one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division. Currently, he is ranked no. 3, and he has beaten quality opponents to get to the UFC such as Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva and most recently Frank Mir. Training alongside current heavyweight champ, Cain Velasquez, Cormier has been able to develop as a fighter both in terms of his MMA grappling and striking.

He is actually the head wrestling coach down at the American Kickboxing Academy, which is a testament to the type of skills Cormier has. Even more, he has been able to develop his hands, which are fast and powerful. If Cormier can defeat Nelson, he has been granted the opportunity to fight the light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones, who is slated to face Glover Teixeira.

Nelson will be looking to spoil those plans, and he believes he can even make it down to the light heavyweight division before Cormier can. Nelson is coming off a deflating loss to Stipe Miocic, who was able to avoid the power shots of Nelson and pick him apart on the feet. Nelson will look to reinvent himself against Cormier in hopes of keeping his title aspirations alive.

It should be a great heavyweight scrap, and the winner is that much closer to a title shot.