Updated: Roy Nelson to face Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 in possible 6-fight main card

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Following the injury to Renan Barao, the UFC is looking to add some name value to UFC 161. According to UFC Tonight, they're looking at Roy "Big Country" Nelson. However, Nelson told BE that he hasn't heard anything about an upcoming bout.

UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career. Just a few weeks ago, he scored a first round knockout over gatekeeper Cheick Kongo at UFC 159. Then, when it looked like Mark Hunt may miss his fight at UFC 160, the UFC looked first at "Big Country" as a replacement. With Hunt's visa problems now in order, they want to slot him in on the following PPV card.

Ariel Helwani told UFC Tonight that the UFC is trying to book Nelson for UFC 161, which just lost it's headliner with Renan Barao's injury:

Despite the announcement on Fuel TV, when BE's own Steph Daniels spoke to Nelson Tuesday evening, he had no knowledge about an upcoming match. However, he did say that it's possible his manager could be working on something he didn't know about.

Nelson is riding a three-fight win streak, having won all three contests by first round KO. As the 6th ranked UFC Heavyweight, it makes the most sense for him to face another top-10 fighter, but very few are available. There's been some talk of a fight between him and Daniel Cormier, although DC has said recently that he's not eyeing a return to the Octagon until August. The other is Frank Mir, who dominated Nelson to win a unanimous decision back at UFC 130. So, it's hard to say who the UFC plans to book him against if they really want him to fight in June.

UPDATE: MMA Junkie confirmed that Nelson is set to face Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 on June 15:

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with UFC President Dana White that Nelson and Miocic have agreed to meet on the main card of the event, which takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) vs. Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) now headlines the card.

Miocic had been expected to face Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who is now left without an opponent. Palelei will now serve as a backup opponent should any injuries disrupt UFC 161's heavyweight bouts of Nelson vs. Miocic or Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan.

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