Originally written May 25, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Roy Nelson (16-7) vs. Dave Herman (21-3) After having his opponent changed twice, from Antonio Silva to Gabriel Gonzaga to Herman, the heavy-set Nelson is hoping to make a statement coming off a one-sided beating at the hands of Fabricio Werdum. Nelson, 35, a former IFL champion and winner of the 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," has earned UFC wins over Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Meanwhile, the 2003 Grapplers Quest Superfight champion and ADCC quarterfinalist has dropped fights to Werdum, Frank Mir and champion Junior dos Santos, arguably three of the top five heavyweights in the world. Equipped with a belly unlike any other UFC fighter, "Big Country" possesses a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie and a background in Shaolin Kung Fu. His looks are deceiving, but he packs heavy power in his hands and an excellent ability to control opponents on the mat. Perhaps Nelson's most dangerous trait ...
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