Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 75 blew the roof off Saitama Super Arena last Saturday night (Sept. 26, 2015) in Saitama, Japan.
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Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Gegard Mousasi, who was knocked out by Uriah Hall in round number two (see it again here), thanks to a wild and crazy spinning attack. And Chico Camus, who was outclassed and outgunned by Kyoji Horiguchi (recap).
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
Going into his heavyweight showdown against Josh Barnett, "Big Country" had a two-fight losing streak hanging over his head. One thing he had over "The Warmaster," however, is consistency, as the pudgy pugilist has been fighting often, unlike Josh -- who was coming off a two-year layoff.
That didn't seem to be much of a factor as Barnett looked fresh and didn't skip a beat as he and Nelson proceeded to go at it for a full 25 minutes. Tired and exhausted, both men made it to the final bell, which was great news for fans, as the combatants provided an entertaining back-and-forth brawl.
Despite proving he has an iron chin, yet again, Nelson ultimately came up short against the former PRIDE FC superstar, losing via unanimous decision and dropping his third straight inside the Octagon.
The loss puts "Big Country" in a rather difficult predicament, as losing three in a row is often pink slip territory. In addition, I wouldn't exactly call Nelson and UFC President Dana White bosom buddies.
That said, I highly doubt Nelson is sent packing, as the 39-year old striker still has the skill to hang with the best inside the Octagon. After all, his three losses didn't exactly come against pushovers, losing to Barnett, Alistair Overeem, and getting knocked out for the first time in UFC by Mark Hunt.
Will he be a future title contender? Probably not.
But that's okay, as Nelson can still entertain fans and give the opposition a tough test to deal with. As Barnett put it, the 265-pound division needs Nelson and more guys like him that show up to fight -- win, lose or draw. Plus, if guys like Frank Mir can keep their jobs after dropping five in a row, so can Nelson.
That just leaves "Big Country" to decide if he wants to keep on going.
He didn't give any inclination of hanging them up during the UFC Fight Night 75 post-fight press conference (watch it), so the chances of seeing him somewhere down the road are looking very good.
If and when he returns to action, a showdown against Soa Palelei sounds intriguing, as "The Hulk" is also looking to get back on the winning track after getting knocked out by the heavy-handed Antonio Silva a few months ago.