Recently the UFC announced via Twitter that they would be coming to Japan for a UFC Fight Night in Saitama Super Arena in September. Rumors swirled around who the main event might be. Most were expecting a former Pride fighter to draw the Japanese crowd in, as the last event that took place there featured Pride heavy-hitters, Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt.
As announced by Dana White, the official main event of the Fight Night will be a clash between two heavyweight power-punchers in Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson. Ranked #8 and #9 in the division, respectively, Hunt and Nelson have made a living out of being able to knock their opponents into another dimension with one punch. There will be a lot on the line in this one as both men will look to end the other’s night early.
Nelson is coming off a startling knockout win over former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion, Minotauro Nogueria, and is looking to continue on his run with another big win over a tough opponent. Hunt is a much tougher matchup for Nelson, as, he is another short, stocky, power-puncher, with a chin made of granite. Nelson usually takes the route of boxer when he fights men who are similar to his own stature, but he might be wise to be a bit more hesitant with Hunt, who will be more than happy to stand and bang with Nelson.
Hunt, who originally comes form the K-1 Kickboxing circuit, is known for his standup and ability to walk through the punches of any opponent. Stand and trade with Mark Hunt for too long, and statistics say you’ll eventually get caught. Hunt is coming off an absolutely electric fight with Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, in which he went 5 rounds and lost a narrow split decision with the former #1 contender. Although the loss was overturned, Hunt proved that he can contend with the best in the world. This is a big fight for Hunt, Nelson is a solid opponent who, if Hunt can beat, will place him near the upper tier of heavyweights.
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