Nelson targeted as backup plan vs. JDS should Hunt be unavailable


Mark Hunt is scheduled to fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 161 next weekend, but a recent issue for Hunt may put the bout in jeopardy. With time running short, the UFC has started to think about a contingency plan:

UFC officials have asked heavyweight contender Roy Nelson to apply for a license to fight Junior Dos Santos in the co-main event of UFC 160,'s Ariel Helwani reported on Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight.

Nelson has yet to accept the offer, but is expected to serve as a backup plan in the event that Mark Hunt is unable to resolve his ongoing visa issues. The Nevada State Athletic Commission are expected to discuss Nelson's application at a hearing in Nevada on Friday.

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ChaosOverkill site profile image  

5/16/13 1:19 AM by ChaosOverkill

This crack down on visitors to the US is beyond excessive if a guy like Hunt can't get a visa to fight.

knuckleballs site profile image  

5/16/13 1:17 AM by knuckleballs

Junior put one of the worst beatings i ever saw on a human against Roy. I am scared for Roy's health on this one.

FedorEmilioEstevez site profile image  

5/15/13 8:57 PM by FedorEmilioEstevez

Roy won't last a round this time. JDS has fire in the belly. But it will take more than bellyfire to be the next Baryshnikov.

BullyKiller site profile image  

5/15/13 8:47 PM by BullyKiller

Both fights would be amazing.

DoomFarmer site profile image  

5/15/13 8:44 PM by DoomFarmer

Go back and watch the 1st round again and come back to this thread.It was a miracle Roy withstood all of that.

Meastt site profile image  

5/15/13 8:40 PM by Meastt


RPBJJ site profile image  

5/15/13 6:07 PM by RPBJJ

Did JDS put a beating on Roy that I don't remember??I know JDS won but I don't remember him doing much to Roy.

Ex0dus site profile image  

5/15/13 4:27 PM by Ex0dus

Dude yeah right like you wouldn't be entertained either way, an ass whooping is inevitable! No one will care if it's a 1st rd KO or a 3rd clinic by JDS.

DanielCaton site profile image  

5/15/13 12:14 PM by DanielCaton

Indeed, but 160 still has a slick card around it.

DaleSonnen site profile image  

5/15/13 12:02 PM by DaleSonnen

I love this idea, its a do or die for Roy tho, If he wins (in any fashion) it will be great for him and will get him that title shot finally. If he loses, (in any fashion) back to being a gatekeeper for the HW Division. if Hunt does show up tho, Big Country should call out the Reem.. knock the horse meat out of him.