Slugfest Alert: Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt Targeted for End of the Year

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

Oct 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Daniel Cormier (red gloves) fights against Roy Nelson (blue gloves) in their heavyweight bout during UFC 166 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Brace yourselves, fight fans.

According to a report on UFC Tonight (h/t to Damon Martin of FOX Sports), the UFC is in the market for a heavyweight barnburner. More specifically, an epic clash between heavy-handed knockout artists Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt.

For hardcore fans in favor of titanic blows and Octagon brutality, that news should send shivers down their spines.

I realize Hunt would be coming into this fight on the heels of a draw, but it was merely a result of one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time. Not to mention he had to fend off an already gigantic Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva hopped up on some extra testosterone.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Mark Hunt connects with an elbow during the UFC Brisbane bout between Mark Hunt and Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva of Brazil at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on December 7, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley K
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As for Nelson, who is coming off a sensational first-round knockout of MMA legend Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira this past April, this will be yet another opportunity for "Big Country" to get past a divisional gatekeeper in an effort to earn a title shot sometime in 2015.

In any case, fans should be downright giddy that the UFC and matchmaker Joe Silva plan on making this slugfest a reality.

Nelson and Hunt are two of the hardest hitting fighters the promotion has at its disposal. Blessed with iron chins and cement fists, their diabolical skill sets would practically set the Octagon ablaze.

Add in the fact that Nelson hasn't been finished since 2008 and that it took a third-round spinning heel kick from former champion Junior dos Santos to hand Hunt his first loss since 2010, and this is an instant nominee for Fight of the Year.

The UFC is aiming for a late September showdown in Saitama, Japan, but nothing is set in stone. Let's hope both fighters stay healthy and that this glorious matchup gets booked as soon as possible.


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