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Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson
Born June 20, 1976 (1976-06-20) (age 41)
Birthplace Las Vegas, Nevada
Nationality U.S Flag American
Height 6 ft 0
Weight 263 lbs
Reach 73 in
Division Heavyweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Shoalin Kung Fu
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Organization UFC
Team Country Club
Years active 2004-present

Roy Nelson (born June 20, 1976) is an American heavyweight Mixed martial arts fighter, former International Fight League heavyweight champion and winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. In addition to his large girth, Nelson, a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie, is known for his grappling skills and agility. The September 30, 2009 broadcast of his fight against Kimbo Slice, officially an exhibition, was the fourth most-watched MMA match in U.S. history.

Mixed martial artsEdit

Early careerEdit

Nelson has been a long time student of BJJ master Renzo Gracie, who granted him a Black belt August 26, 2009. Nelson has competed at the Abu Dhabi Grappling Championships (ADCC) and has trained with some of the world's best fighters including UFC's Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Ricco Rodriguez and Ken Shamrock.

As a member of Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den he was invited to become a member of the IFL's Nevada Lions in 2007. In the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix, Nelson became the league's first ever heavyweight champion, defeating Antoine Jaoude on December 29, 2007. Nelson successfully defended his title twice, before the IFL ceased operations.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Nelson was one of the 16 fighters in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. He did commentaries on the show for multiple websites, including weekly Q&A sessions about each episode for USA Today's Fighting Stances and a blog for SpikeTV.com.

In his first fight of the show, Nelson defeated former street-fighter Kimbo Slice via TKO stoppage in round 2 with repeated punches to the head in the crucifix position. The broadcast was the highest rated MMA show in U.S. history with a 3.7 rating. The fight itself had 6 million viewers.

In the quarterfinals, Nelson defeated Justin Wren in a two-round majority decision.

In the semifinals, Nelson defeated James McSweeney via strikes in the first round. He defeated Brendan Schaub at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale to become the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. In the finale Nelson knocked out Schaub at 3:45 into the first round with a powerful right hook to Schaub's left temple and then hit Schaub on the ground with one punch to the face before the referee pulled Nelson off Schaub. By becoming the first The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner to win via knockout in the finale fight, Nelson earned a six-figure contract with the UFC.

Grapplers Quest World's Grappling EventEdit

In 2003, Roy Nelson defeated Frank Mir via submission in the remaining 30 seconds of the final round at a grappling tournament hosted by Grapplers Quest.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Nelson is expected to face Stefan Struve on March 31, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21 as the co-main event.

Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Netherlands flag Stefan Struve UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi 02010-
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March 31, 2010
United States flag North Carolina, United States
Win United States flag Brendan Schaub KO (Punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale 02009-
December
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December 5, 2009
1 3:45 United States flag Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finals. Won Knockout of the Night Honors
Loss United States flag Jeff Monson Decision (Unanimous) March Badness March 21, 2009 3 5:00 United States flag Florida, United States
Loss Belarus flag Andrei Arlovski KO (Punch) EliteXC: Heat October 4, 2008 2 3:14 United States flag Florida, United States
Win United States flag Brad Imes TKO (Punches) IFL – Connecticut 02008-
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May 16, 2008
1 2:55 United States flag Connecticut, United States Defended IFL Heavyweight Championship
Win Brazil flag Fabiano Scherner TKO (Punches) IFL – Las Vegas 02008-
February
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February 29, 2008
1 3:20 United States flag Nevada, United States Defended IFL Heavyweight Championship
Win Brazil flag Antoine Jaoude KO (Punch) IFL – World Grand Prix Finals 02007-
December
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December 29, 2007
2 0:22 United States flag Connecticut, United States Became First IFL Heavyweight Champion
Win United States flag Bryan Vetell TKO (Strikes) IFL – World Grand Prix Semifinals 02007-
November
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November 3, 2007
3 1:01 United States flag Illinois, United States
Win United States flag Shane Ott Decision (Unanimous) IFL – Las Vegas 02007-
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June 16, 2007
3 4:00 United States flag Nevada, United States
Loss United States flag Ben Rothwell Decision (Split) IFL – Moline 02007-
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April 7, 2007
3 4:00 United States flag Illinois, United States
Win United States flag Mario Rinaldi TKO (Punches) BodogFight – Costa Rica 02007-
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February 17, 2007
1 2:38 Costa Rica flag Costa Rica
Win United States flag Vince Lucero TKO (Punches) IFL – Oakland 02007-
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January 19, 2007
1 1:55 United States flag California, United States
Loss United States flag Josh Curran Decision BodogFight – St.Petersburg 02006-
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December 16, 2006
3 5:00 Russia flag St.Petersburg, Russia
Win United States flag Jerome Smith Submission (Side Choke) FightForce: Butte Brawl 2 02006-
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July 22, 2006
1 4:13 United States flag Montana, United States
Win United States flag Jason Godsey Submission (Rear Naked Choke) FightForce: Butte Brawl 1 02006-
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May 6, 2006
1 4:42 United States flag Montana, United States
Win United States flag Michael Buchkovich Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEF – Orleans Arena 02006-
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April 1, 2006
1 0:56 United States flag Nevada, United States
Win United States flag Ray Seraille Submission PXC 3: Return of the Enforcer 02004-
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August 28, 2004
2 N/A Guam flag Guam
Win United States flag Bo Cantrell Decision Rage on the River 02004-
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April 17, 2004
3 3:00 United States flag California, United States
Win United States flag Jerry Vrbanovic Decision (Split) Rage on the River 02004-
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April 17, 2004
3 3:00 United States flag California, United States

Grappling recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win United States flag Frank Mir Submission Grapplers Quest World's Grappling Event 02003-
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April 14, 2003
3 0:21 United States flag North Carolina, United States

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