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Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier co-main event official for UFC 166 on Oct. 19 in Houston

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Fan favorite Roy Nelson is back on the UFC roster, having recently put pen to paper for a Daniel Cormier showdown this October.


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing some beef to fill up "Space City" when it invades the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2013.

The UFC 166 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which already features a monster heavyweight championship rematch between Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos as the headlining attraction, has officially inked a co-main event pitting Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier.

Get a look at their bout agreement here.

The announcement ends weeks of speculation as well as back-and-forth jibber-jabber between the two. A Nelson vs. Cormier fight was being kicked around the UFC corporate office as early as last April; however, Nelson's contract expired following a unanimous decision loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 the following month.

Pen has now apparently been put to paper ... but is "Big Country" in big trouble?

Cormier (12-0) is widely-considered one of the best 265-pound fighters in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), putting an exclamation point on his undefeated run through the ranks of Strikeforce by defeating former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir last May.

Nelson, by comparison, is 4-4 over his last eight and 19-8 overall.

In addition to the Velasquez vs. Dos Santos trilogy fight, a fan-friendly scrap between top lightweight contenders Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez has also been announced for "The Lone Star State," in a bout that carries serious 155-pound title implications.

Good stuff.

For the current UFC 166 fight card and rumors click here. To see all the "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3" news and notes click here.