UFC 159 fight card primer: Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson

Esther Lin

Bloody Elbow previews all 11 fights from UFC 159 tonight in Newark, N.J., including a main card fight between heavyweight sluggers Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson.

UFC 159's main card rolls on with a fight between heavyweight sluggers Cheick Kongo (18-7-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) and Roy Nelson (18-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

Kongo is looking to once again form a winning streak while Nelson is again looking to position himself for a big fight. UFC 159's main card airs starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on pay-per-view.

How do these two stack up?

Kongo: 37 years old | 6'4" | 82" reach
Nelson: 36 years old | 6'0" | 73" reach

What have these two done recently?

Kongo: W - Shawn Jordan (DEC) | L - Mark Hunt (KO) | W - Matt Mitrione (DEC)
Nelson: W - Matt Mitrione (TKO) | W - Dave Herman (KO) | L - Fabricio Werdum (DEC)

How did these two get here?

Cheick Kongo has been in the UFC forever. He made his promotional debut at UFC 61, but has been an up-and-down fighter throughout his UFC career, mixing in some big knockouts with some horrendously boring fights, with one of those coming in a win against Shawn Jordan in his last fight at UFC 149. Kongo has wins over the likes of Mirko Filipovic and Pat Barry, but has lost nearly every big fight he's been in, with big losses to Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir and Mark Hunt.

The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," Roy "Big Country" Nelson has seen arguably the toughest road of any TUF winner, with his three UFC losses coming to Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir and Fabricio Werdum, all by decision. But outside of those fights, h's stopped Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve, Filipovic, Dave Herman and Matt Mitrione. Nelson's heavy hands have led him to some big wins while his iron chin have made him competitive against much more talented fighters.

Why should you care?

If this is a vintage Kongo clinch-fest against the cage, this could be horribly boring. However, Nelson's heavy hands and Kongo's deteriorating chin make this one interesting should it be fought at range. Also, you can count the low blows from Kongo!

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