UFC 130 Fight Card: Frank Mir vs Roy Nelson Preview
UFC 130 is set to take place on Saturday, May 28, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
The main event on the card will feature a light heavyweight battle between former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill.
The co-main event will be a heavyweight showdown between two highly ranked fighters, former UFC champion Frank Mir (14-5) and Roy "Big Country" Nelson (15-5).
Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion is coming off a knockout victory over Mirko Cro Cop in his last fight. Mir fought a cautious bout with the feared striker, working mostly from the outside. When the two did come together it was Mir that struck, landing a knee that dropped Cro Cop to the ground.
Much has been made about the friendship between Mir and Nelson coming into this fight, something that both fighters say has been overemphasized and overblown.
Mir, during the UFC 130 press conference described the relationship as such, "I would say cordial, I like Roy. I think he has a very intelligent outlook on a lot of things.
"For the most part, I'm not going to lie to anybody, we're not the best of friends. But we have a lot of mutual friends that are very close."
Nelson, who is coming off a loss to Junior dos Santos in his last fight, confirmed Mir's take on their relationship, "As for Frank and I being close, I've never eaten at Frank's house, so that tells you how close of friends we are," Nelson said. "I would never fight a real friend."
Mir is in a tough spot in this fight, a win most likely does not gain him any ground in the UFC rankings as the fighters ranked above him, Shane Carwin, Junior dos Santos, Brock Lesnar and champion Cain Velasquez are all seen as better than Nelson. The problem is, a loss to Nelson would definitely cause him to drop in the rankings.
Nelson is ranked by most, just outside of the top ten, a win over Mir will surely put him into the top ten and quite possibly one or two fights away from a shot at the UFC heavyweight title.
Some will tell you that UFC 130 is an unimportant fight card, but to the fighters involved, nothing could be further from the truth.
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