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Junior dos Santos confirms next opponent

It appears the next obstacle Junior dos Santos will need to overcome in order to earn a shot at the UFC heavyweight belt will be a “big” one – literally.

The 25-year old Brazilian took to his Twitter Friday night to confirm he would be facing none other than Ultimate Fighter Season 10 champion Roy Nelson at an upcoming event. Dos Santos is 11-1 with eleven finishing performances and is coming off a first-round knockout win over Gabriel Gonzaga at last March’s “UFC on Versus 1″ show. The victory marked five in a row for “Cigano” and continued a streak dating back to November 2007.

Nelson is 7-2 in his last nine bouts with the only losses coming to respected heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson. The 15-4 Mixed Martial Artist, known as much for his “gut” as his “grappling”, is 2-0 in the UFC with two knockouts in each fight’s opening frame – a TUF 10 title win over Brendan Schaub and a 39-second flooring of Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 21.

Though a specific card was not mentioned for the pairing, MMAJunkie recently reported Dos Santos and “Big Country” were rumored to be squaring off at UFC 117 on August 7th in Oakland, California.

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