|Born||June 20, 1976|
|Birthplace||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Height||6 ft 0|
Shoalin Kung Fu
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
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
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
Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights Tournament Winner
- Won Knockout of the Night (against Brendan Schaub at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale)
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23||14 wins||4 losses|
|Stefan Struve||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||North Carolina, United States|
|Win||Brendan Schaub||KO (Punch)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||1||3:45||Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finals. Won Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Jeff Monson||Decision (Unanimous)||March Badness||March 21, 2009||3||5:00||Florida, United States|
|Loss||Andrei Arlovski||KO (Punch)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||3:14||Florida, United States|
|Win||Brad Imes||TKO (Punches)||IFL – Connecticut||May 16, 2008||1||2:55||Connecticut, United States||Defended IFL Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Fabiano Scherner||TKO (Punches)||IFL – Las Vegas||February 29, 2008||1||3:20||Nevada, United States||Defended IFL Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Antoine Jaoude||KO (Punch)||IFL – World Grand Prix Finals||December 29, 2007||2||0:22||Connecticut, United States||Became First IFL Heavyweight Champion|
|Win||Bryan Vetell||TKO (Strikes)||IFL – World Grand Prix Semifinals||November 3, 2007||3||1:01||Illinois, United States|
|Win||Shane Ott||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL – Las Vegas||June 16, 2007||3||4:00||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||Ben Rothwell||Decision (Split)||IFL – Moline||April 7, 2007||3||4:00||Illinois, United States|
|Win||Mario Rinaldi||TKO (Punches)||BodogFight – Costa Rica||February 17, 2007||1||2:38||Costa Rica|
|Win||Vince Lucero||TKO (Punches)||IFL – Oakland||January 19, 2007||1||1:55||California, United States|
|Loss||Josh Curran||Decision||BodogFight – St.Petersburg||December 16, 2006||3||5:00||St.Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||Jerome Smith||Submission (Side Choke)||FightForce: Butte Brawl 2||July 22, 2006||1||4:13||Montana, United States|
|Win||Jason Godsey||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||FightForce: Butte Brawl 1||May 6, 2006||1||4:42||Montana, United States|
|Win||Michael Buchkovich||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||WEF – Orleans Arena||April 1, 2006||1||0:56||Nevada, United States|
|Win||Ray Seraille||Submission||PXC 3: Return of the Enforcer||August 28, 2004||2||N/A||Guam|
|Win||Bo Cantrell||Decision||Rage on the River||April 17, 2004||3||3:00||California, United States|
|Win||Jerry Vrbanovic||Decision (Split)||Rage on the River||April 17, 2004||3||3:00||California, United States|
|Professional record breakdown|
|6||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||Frank Mir||Submission||Grapplers Quest World's Grappling Event||April 14, 2003||3||0:21||North Carolina, United States|