Roy Nelson came out early looking for a takedown in round 1. After about 90 seconds in the clinch referee Kevin Mulhall separated the fighters. Roy came forwarded and landed his patented overhand right hand that dropped Kongo to the mat. Kongo tried to roll forward into a single leg, but a follow up punch from Nelson ended the fight.
Roy Nelson knocked out Cheick Kongo at 2:03 of round 1.