Junior dos Santos threw bomb after bomb at Roy "Big Country" Nelson, but as the punches landed, Nelson continued to come forward. Whether it was a layer of fat that allowed Nelson to survive (announcer Joe Rogan compared Nelson's gut to "wearing 20 sweaters") or just a granite chin and unquenchable will, the big man wouldn't quit.When the fight was over, dos Santos had his hand raised-but Roy Nelson earned more than a little respect. After a unanimous decision, Dos Santos is now next in line for a heavyweight title shot at the winner of Brock Lesnar-Cain Velaqsquez.
Nelson earned his position in the title eliminator bout mostly on force of personality. The former Ultimate Fighter winner had faced only middling competition prior to his fight with dos Santos, squaring off with Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve. But his mullet, colorful interviews and everyman physique attracted a fan following.
Dos Santos, by contrast, faced a murder's row of MMA stars to earn his reputation as one of the world's top heavyweights. His first five fights in the Octagon all ended with a TKO, making dos Santos one of the most feared men in the sport.
Dos Santos called Nelson one of the toughest fighters in the world and said he'd be ready for his title shot.