The co-main event of the UFC 161: "Evans vs. Henderson" pay-per-view (PPV) from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, tonight (Sat., June 15, 2013) featured Roy Nelson taking a short notice fight against Stipe Miocic to satisfy the final bout on his contract with the world's largest fight promotion.
It was set to expire in July, so, much as UFC President Dana White is bothered by him, "Big Country" was booked to bang one more time, perhaps for the last time.
Nelson looked like a man possessed early on. He's normally aggressive in his fights but this was an entirely different look for the usually patient, measured striker. Miocic weathered the storm but spent a lot of time backing up and avoiding the big overhand right.
That's the one Roy has used to put away more than his fair share of opponents through the years.
Stipe's patience started paying off when he began tagging Nelson with hard punches that almost dropped the big man multiple times. He varied his attack between kicks, punches, elbows, and knees.
By the end of the round, Nelson was bent over with hands on knees.
The second round was ugly. "Big Country" had his hands at his hips, clearly suffering from a severe lack of oxygen. It gave Miocic a clear advantage, one he used to take the rest of the round.
Nelson got desperate in the third round, winging the biggest punches he could manage giving it his best to finish before the judges could rule against him. Ultimately, he failed and by the final horn, had turned in one of his worst performances to date.
The timing of which couldn't be worse.
The scores read 30-27 across the board for Miocic, who executed his game plan to perfection.
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