A top contender match up in the form of Junior dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson is official for UFC 117, which is set to go down on August 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The fight has been rumored for a bit, with "Big Country" even joining in the gossip recently, and has now been confirmed by JDS via Twitter.
"Cigano" has cemented his place among the heavyweight big guns after a string of impressive performances against the likes of former Pride FC star Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 103, Gilbert Yvel at UFC 108, and most recently against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on Versus 1.
The hard-hitting Brazilian is likely right on the cusp of his first opportunity to fight for a world title. A win over Nelson at UFC 117, making it his sixth straight victory inside the Octagon, would almost assuredly put him over the hump.
Nelson endeared himself to casual MMA fans (not really) by pounding out Kimbo Slice during the Spike TV reality show.
After airmailing Brendan Schaub back to Denver at last December's The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale, the portly powerhouse put Stefan Struve on queer street at UFC Fight Night 21 just last month.
If Roy can somehow find a way to put a stop to Junior's meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, who's to say that he wouldn't be near a title shot of his own?
UFC 117 is set to be headlined y the middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Also expected on the card will be a match up featuring perennial top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves along with another 170-pound showdown between Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida.
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