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TUF 10 Profile: Why Roy Nelson Is Expected To KO Kimbo

UNCASVILLE, CT - MAY 16:  Roy Nelson (White Trunks) of the Lions Den celebrates after beating Brad Imes of the MilesTech Fighting System during their bout presented by the International Fighting League at the Mohegan Sun Arena May 16, 2008 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tommy MessanoContributor INovember 28, 2016

The UFC’s signature reality series The Ultimate Fighter is currently in its 10th season on Spike TV.

Marketed as the "heaviest" season ever, this is the first time in the show’s history that it will feature an all heavyweight cast.

The gold team is coached by “Sugar” Rashad Evans, while the silver team is led by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

This article is part of a 16-part scouting report on each of the 16 cast members.

The fighters are ranked on a one to five-star basis. A five-star rating means you are one of the favorites to win the show, while a two-star rating means you are a dark horse to make the finals.

The following rankings were originally posted at

On Wednesday Sept. 30, Roy Nelson will take on Kimbo Slice in what may be the most highly anticipated fight in the 10 season history of the Ultimate Fighter reality show.

A profile of Slice is located here.

Roy Nelson


Five Star




Signature win: Dec. 29, 2007 KO win vs. Antoine Jaoude to capture the IFL heavyweight title

Roy “Big Country” Nelson steps into the Ultimate Fighter house as the overwhelming favorite to win the 10th season of the series. Nelson’s combination of experience and striking prowess gives him the best shot at coming out of the house unbeaten.

Nelson gained notoriety with the now defunct International Fight League. In 2007, Nelson became the IFL’s only heavyweight champion. Over two years Nelson went 6-1 in the IFL with his only loss coming to Ben Rothwell on points.

Since leaving the IFL Nelson has gone 0-2 with losses to former UFC title contenders Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson. The Monson loss came in March 2009 as part of the MMA undercard to a Roy Jones Jr. produced boxing/MMA hybrid event.

Critics argue that Nelson has the resume to already be signed to a UFC deal. Now at 33 years of age this may be Nelson’s one and only path to the bright lights of the UFC.


Tommy Messano is the editor-in-chief of His MMA articles have appeared on,, Fight Ground Magazine and

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