Roy Nelson is declared the winner at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26, 2012. Image via Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
In the third main card bout at Roy Nelson knocked out Dave Herman early in the first round. The finish came at just the 51-second mark. Nelson landed a massive winging right that caught Herman right on the jaw, dropping him into dreamland in a seated position. Nelson landed one more shot before the referee called it off, but it was obviously done after the epic right. Herman briefly protested the stop, but the referee handled it just fine.,
The bout was hugely important for Big Country, who had a tense talk with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta a few weeks ago according to White. Nelson went over to them immediately after the win and had a few words for them about his performance.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The bomb. The way Herman fell onto his but made it that much more dramatic. One of the better knockouts you'll ever see.
Where do these guys go from here?
Nelson was in trouble with two losses in a row and a shaky relationship with management, but he proved he still belongs in the organization with the win. He's definitely a solid gatekeeper for the division and would be a tough test for anyone looking to break into the elite. I don't know if they'll go that route with him or keep trying to book him against top guys, but we'll see. A second bout with Ben Rothwell (Rothwell won a debatable split decision over Nelson in the IFL in 2007) sounds like good matchmaking to me.
Herman has now lost two bouts in a row, but stepping up as a late replacement is always a good thing in Zuffa's eyes. He clearly needs to start taking his fighting career a little more seriously though. Throw him in there with Lavar Johnson and let's see some fireworks.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. As I said above, you don't get to see knockouts quite like this very often. You can definitely spare a minute for that.
More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 146 in the full entry.