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Roy Nelson (15-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) won't be tussling with Cheick Kongo after all.

Kongo (15-6-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has withdrawn from a rumored meeting with Nelson at UFC 116 due to a back injury, according to multiple reports. In his place, the UFC has slotted a surprising replacement: Junior Dos Santos (11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

According to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) sources close to the event, at least one fighter has agreed to the contest, now targeted for the main card of UFC 117, with the intention to sign a bout agreement.

UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. A middleweight title match between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen is expected to headline.

Nelson, 33, racked up his second consecutive octagon victory with a shellacking of 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve at UFC on Versus 1 in March. The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" bucked most predictions by quickly getting inside on Struve and knocking him out with a right hand in just 33 seconds.

Previously, Nelson completed a decisive, yet controversial, sweep of the "TUF 10" heavyweights with a first-round knockout of Brendan Schaub in the show's finale. UFC president Dana White criticized his tactical approach to his fights on the show, and despite some initial push-back with the outspoken UFC figurehead, he later told MMAjunkie.com that he is now a "company man."

The 25-year-old Dos Santos fought alongside Nelson at UFC on Versus 1 and delivered his fifth consecutive stoppage victory when he knocked out former contender Gabriel Gonzaga in less than four minutes. The victory put the up-and-comer on many observers' lists as a serious contender in the division, which could make the fight with Nelson all the more pivotal.

The only man to make it out of the first round with Dos Santos is former PRIDE champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who verbally submitted to the Brazilian in the third round after being battered for more than two rounds.

Dos Santos also owns a first-round knockout victory over Struve, which took place at UFC 95 this past February.

RIP Big Country
 

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haha dunno why Dana is throwing Roy to the lions so quickly :D
 

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Perhaps we'll get to see what JDS looks like on the ground, I can't see Big Country trying to stand with someone like JDS, his reach, boxing and foot movement would leave old Roy in a bad way.

Roy has a slick ground game.
 

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How the hell does this fight even make sense? I feel bad for JDS, this is a huge step down in competition. He knocks out werdum, struve, yvel, gonzaga, and TKO's cro cop so they give him Nelson?
Yea, I thought JDS earned a match with Cain and the winner would face the winner of Lesnar - Carwin.

The HW division looks NOTHING like it did 3 years ago.
 

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Man, Dana White and the UFC HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE Roy Nelson. They want him unconcious and bloody, I can tell. I bet they'll slip a lil money to the refs for a late stoppage.

Oh did I just go there? Yes I did.
 

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Well all I have to say is this. Every time I underestimated Big Country, he's proved me wrong.

My thought process during TUF 10:

*Roy Beats Kimbo*

Yeah, well Kimbo isn't that great anyway. Besides he just laid on him like a fatass and put some lame punches on him.

*Roy beats McSweeney*

He just did the same thing! Wtf? Gay. I can't wait for Brendan Schaub to finally smash this guy.

*Roy KO's Schaub.*

...... **** this. I don't even know anymore.



He's earned my respect though. Good knockout power, experienced fighter, and apparently a good ground game. He beat Frank Mir at a BJJ match a while back. So I've decided to stop talking trash about him and just wait to see what he does.
 
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