UFC officials confirmed a heavyweight bout between Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will take place on September 24 in Brazil.
Nelson (21-13) has been one of the most active fighters in the heavyweight division since debuting for the UFC in 2009. He has fought an average of 3 times a years since winning the “Ultimate Fighter” and has gained a solid fan base for his all out style of fighting. The bout with Silva will the Nelson’s third bout of 2016. He is 1-1 so far in the year and is coming off a decision loss to up and coming heavyweight Derrick Lewis in early July.
Silva (19-9) has felt with suspensions and injuries since 2013 when he failed a post fight drug test. On top of all the outside issues going one, Silva only has one win in his last five bouts. Even worse is that all of the loses have come by way of knockout. Silva received a title shot in 2013 but lost in the first round to then champion Cain Velasquez.
The track record for both men make the chances of a knockout highly likely for this bout. While both men seem to be on the bubble of being released from the UFC, a thin heavyweight division benefits the loser of this bout as there has not been an influx of young heavyweight talent to push fighters like Nelson and Silva out of the UFC.