Nelson (16-7) recently announced plans to show he could drop down to light heavyweight if need be through a campaign on Facebook, but those plans will likely be put on hold so “Big Country” can focus on the match up with Silva (16-3).
“Bigfoot” will be making his debut in the UFC after signing a contract with them late last year. He previously competed in Strikeforce where he came up short against Daniel Cormier in the semifinal round of the promotion’s ongoing Grand Prix.
“Big Country” is also coming off a defeat with Fabricio Werdum, another former Strikeforce heavyweight, outpointing him earlier this year. Nelson is just 1-3 in his last four fights with the defeats coming against Werdum, Frank Mir, and divisional champ Junior dos Santos.
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