UFC 146 Results: Questions We Still Have About Roy Nelson
The always popular Roy Nelson got his career back on track by flooring Dave Herman with a thunderous punch.
Although the crowd may have exploded with Nelson's victory, an analysis of the victory would leave fans having a few questions about "Big Country."
It's clear he is one of the most popular fighters in the game today and will no doubt always have a home in the UFC (despite Dana White's feelings) but where does Nelson go from here?
This is just one of the handful of questions we still have about our favorite heavyweight.
Can Nelson Win Back-to-Back Fights?
Roy Nelson seemed destined for great things after winning The Ultimate Fighter and flooring the talented Stefan Struve. Unfortunately for Nelson, that was the last time he put together back-to-back wins.
The impressive showing against Struve was followed by two lackluster performances against Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir where Nelson was clearly outclassed.
Nelson got back on the right track against Mirko "Cro Cop" but was thoroughly dominated against Fabricio Werdum in his next appearance.
It seems for every highlight reel finish Nelson gives us, he can't seem to build momentum and win more than one in a row. Will Nelson continue to the trend of win one-lose one or will he finally get some momentum going?
Does He Offer Anything More Than an Overhand Right?
Roy Nelson is an accomplished grappler but we'd never know based on his Octagon performances. Nelson tends to stand and bang with his opponents which often times leads to entertaining battles but Nelson often ends up on the losing end.
There's no denying he has a heavy right hand but as of now it seems that's the only thing Nelson has to offer to his opponents. Not since his days on The Ultimate Fighter have we seen Nelson utilize his ground game effectively.
If "Big Country" wants to become a title contender he needs to use all of his skills. Is he ready to stop worrying about KO's and start using his submission game?
Where Does Roy Nelson Go from Here?
The win over Dave Herman was a nice way for Roy Nelson to bounce back but where does he go from here? Every time he's met an upper-level heavyweight Nelson has came up short.
Does this mean the UFC will simply use him as a PPV draw given his fan support? Or will they attempt to give "Big Country" another run at the title?
At 35, and fighting since 2004. it's not like Nelson is in the middle of his prime. The time may be now or never for him as far as titles are concerned.