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UPDATE: Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo Not Facing Each Other After All

It appears that UFC 143 has added another stellar fight. While UFC officials haven't commented on it yet, Roy Nelson sent out a tweet late last night that all but confirms his next opponent: Cheick Kongo. Here's the tweet:

MMA Heat News @roynelsonmma & @iamcheickkongo have verbally agreed 2 fight on the card expected 2 take place at the Mandalay Bay @ufc
Nov 17 via webFavoriteRetweetReply


It's a little odd, since MMA Heat themselves didn't tweet anything about it and it's not on their page. Perhaps it's in one of their videos I haven't seen yet. Either way, if Nelson is passing along the news himself, it's more than likely legit. Nelson is coming off a third-round TKO of Mirko Filipovic at UFC 136, while Kongo has won two in a row, the most recent being a decision win over Matt Mitrione in the co-main event of UFC 137.

UFC 143 is set to take place on February 4th in Las Vegas, and features a main event UFC welterweight title fight between champion Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz.

Update by Tim Burke at 12:45pm ET: It appears that the UFC already has another opponent picked out for Kongo, and it won't be Nelson according to a tweet from them just a few minutes ago:

"@roynelsonmma: MMA Heat News Roy Nelson and @iamcheickkongo have verbally agreed 2 fight" fyi we've got Kongo's next bout and this isn't it
Nov 17 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply