Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson are looking to remain within striking distance of a UFC championship. In the UFC Fight Night 39 main event, they will both attempt to rebound on Friday.
Nogueira has alternated wins and losses over the six years since he submitted Tim Sylvia to become the interim heavyweight champion. At 37 years old, Nogueira is running short on time to build momentum toward another shot at UFC gold.
After losing to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143, Nelson bounced back with three straight opening-round knockouts. It briefly looked like he might be able to sneak into a title fight. Instead, "Big Country" turned in a poor showing against Stipe Miocic and followed that up with another loss when he recently faced Daniel Cormier.
Here is a closer look at how Nogueira and Nelson match up in all areas as this important heavyweight matchup approaches.