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UFC Japan main event recap: Barnett dominates Nelson in the clinch

Bloody Elbow recaps the big fights from UFC Fight Night Japan yesterday in Tokyo. Here, we look at the main event between PRIDE legend Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson.

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On Saturday evening, Josh Barnett pulled off one of his most impressive performances in recent years, dominating UFC fan favorite Roy Nelson. Coming into this fight, Barnett was looking to rebound from a disappointing knockout loss to Travis Browne in 2013.

With Barnett's excellent display in the clinch and the exciting under card, fight fans were treated to a thoroughly entertaining card.

Official result: Josh Barnett defeats Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 50-45)

What was the high point of the fight?

The high point of this fight was Barnett's work in the clinch. Over the course of five rounds, Barnett landed clean with knees and punches, which most certainly won him the fight.

Where do these two go from here?

It is time to put The Warmaster in the cage with the Pitbull. For years fans have clamored for a bout between Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. It really makes sense to put these two former UFC champions together - Arlovski is one of the most dangerous strikers in the division and Barnett is perhaps the best submission artist at heavyweight apart from the champion, Fabricio Werdum. A win over Barnett would more than likely lead to a title shot for Arlovski.

Roy Nelson's decline has been painful to watch. Big Country hasn't been the same for a number of years. No longer can Nelson move as fast, or punch with as much power as he once did.  Nelson is 1-5 in his last 6, and he really needs to reconsider his career path as it seems fighting is becoming more detrimental than positive to his well being.

Watch now, later, or never?

Later. This was a solid fight and is well worth watching.