Roy Nelson knocked Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira out cold in the main event of UFC Fight Night 39. It was not a shocking result, but it was certainly a sad one.
No one likes to see legends go out like that, but it was evident from the outset that the outcome was likely. Nogueira was slow and plodding. He was no threat to take the fight to the mat. Nelson has good technique in his hands, but more important in this scenario was the power he possesses.
Nelson starched the longtime great.
"Big Country" got a much-needed result while putting down the legend.
The announcers tried to put over how good Nogueira was feeling leading up to this fight, but it was clear that he is not the same fighter he was before. Nothing about him entering this fight gave anyone hope that it would be competitive.
here comes Roy Nelson! https://t.co/b36Eyt6g6O— UFC United Kingdom (@UFC_UK) April 11, 2014
Ricardo Arona in Big Nog's corner. @guicruzzz loves this. When is the last time that happened?— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2014
If you're an old-school PRIDE fan like me, you just have to love when Big Nog fights. Curious to see how this one plays out...— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) April 11, 2014
Nogueira tried to utilize his jab and push Nelson backward. Nelson circled well. He dropped the legend not once but twice before delivering the final KO blow.
Nogueira was never a threat in the bout. Nelson simply took his time. When the moment finally arrived, he pasted Nogueira with a patented overhand right that sent the Brazilian down for good. Thankfully, Big Country did not follow up with strikes.
Nogueira and Nelson look like a bizarre cop team. But not a comedic one or anything. Just a real bizarre actual cop team.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) April 11, 2014
Nelson drops Nog with a big right. Nog survives but still seems out of it.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2014
Wow! Big Country!!!!— UFC (@ufc) April 11, 2014
WHOOOOOOOA— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) April 11, 2014
NASTY #UFCFightNight— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) April 11, 2014
Holy Shit!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) April 11, 2014
Nelson wins via walkaway KO. Absolutely brutal. Nelson knew it right away. This after two more overhand rights. Tremendous win for Nelson.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2014
Holy crap. Roy Nelson just flattened Big Nog with a right hand and Nog fell down flat like when Rich Franklin KO'd Nate Quarry. Wow #UFC— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 11, 2014
Love Big Nog, a legend but I never want to see him fight again. Nelson looked sharp. Set up combos with feints & was patient. #UFCAbuDhabi— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) April 11, 2014
I think just about everyone saw that coming, but still an impressive win for Nelson.— Sean Smith (@SeanSmithMMA) April 11, 2014
Highlight reel KO there and @UFC_FightPass delivers again. Now let's go have some lunch, West Coasters.— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) April 11, 2014
Mixed emotions seeing Nog go down like that, but at least this night ends on a better note for the Abu Dhabi fans than it did at UFC 112.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2014
The Roy Nelson right hand that laid out Minotauro Nogueira was impressive, but not as much as the one Big Country didn't throw as a followup— Jeff Wagenheim SI (@jeffwagenheim) April 11, 2014
Nelson quote via UFC: "For my next opponent I want Cain Velazquez because I prefer to move backwards in calling out my opponents.”— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2014
The medical staff and officials gathered around Nogueira, while Big Country celebrated his knockout performance. This big win for Nelson inches him closer to being back in the spot he wants to be in the heavyweight division.