It didn't take Roy Nelson long to dispose of his UFC 146 opponent, Dave Herman, after a KO that took only 51 seconds into the first round to achieve. The impressive win showed Nelson is ready to make another run at a title.
Herman was Nelson's third and final opponent for this fight, as Nelson missed out on fighting both Antonio Silva and Gabriel Gonzaga. That didn't matter as clearly Nelson was ready for whoever stepped into the Octagon against him.
Nelson came in sporting a hideous beard and a long ponytail that went down his back. Only guessing here, but it looks like he might have grown the beard to pad some of the future punches he could be taking from other fighters.
After feeling each other out for the opening minute of the fight, Nelson landed a big right hand on Herman, and despite landing a second punch after that, it wasn't necessary. Herman already had his lights turned out on him.
"Big Country" further proved he can still throw hands with the best of them.
So does this win mean Nelson is ready to win a title? Of course not.
However, it did prove that Nelson is not among the back-end of the heavyweight division in the UFC. Herman is very much an average fighter, and after being pummeled by Nelson, it's obvious he'll never be much more than that.
That means Nelson doesn't deserve to be thrown onto the scrap heap just yet and can still compete with the division's best.
He has been very up-and-down, having won two of his last four fights, but he could quickly change his fortunes if he can have a few more impressive showings like this.
And Knockout of the Night-type knockouts like the one in his win over Herman won't hurt, either.