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Roy Nelson vs. Junior dos Santos on tap for UFC 117

With rumors circulating of Roy Nelson possibly facing off with Cheick Kongo and Frank Mir in the TUF 10 champion’s next outing, it now appears as though “Big Country” could be facing off with an opponent regarded to be one of the top contenders to the UFC heavyweight throne in a bout that could hold serious weight on future title implications in the weight class.

A heavyweight tussle between Nelson and Brazilian knockout artist Junior dos Santos is currently in the works according to a recent report from, who have stated that one fighter has already agreed to the contest.

If finalized, the bout between the two is expected to take place during UFC 117 as part of the main portion of the card.

The event is scheduled to take place from the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on August 7 with an expected main event between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen for all the marbles in the UFC middleweight division.

Neson has looked as impressive as humanly possible since earning his spot in the TUF 10 Finals, racking up consecutive first round knockouts over Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve, while Dos Santos has strung together an undefeated record of 5-0 in the UFC, finishing every one of his bout with strikes.

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