Roy Nelson colliding with Cheick Kongo at April event

Cheick Kongo v Shawn Jordan - UFC 139Heavyweight action is on the menu at UFC 159 thanks to the addition of a tilt featuring Roy Nelson-Cheick Kongo. Both men have found victory in three of their four previous outings and possess knockout power, making for what should be an interesting match-up when the card unfolds on April 27 in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC officials have confirmed the clash.

Nelson is coming off back-to-back knockouts in the first round with his most recent involving a mashing of Matt Mitrione in December. He holds an overall mark of 18-7 with sixteen stoppages including those over Stefan Struve, Brendan Schaub, and Mirko Filipovic.

The 37-year old Kongo is 18-7-2 and has ten TKOs to his credit. However, the hulking Frenchman will be looking to shake off some ring-rust when me meets Nelson in the Octagon, sitting out since a July win over Shawn Jordan due to injury.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    this is like a gatekeeper super fight

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Nelson by ko, I just do not see anything Kongo has to offer here, he will not want to take Roy down and most likely cannot ko him either, just a bad match up for Kongo.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Where’s MCM to build up Big Country in this fight? We got Lord Faust back, now we need MCM.

    I think Nelson should take this, he’s more technical on his feet, and Kongo still has a big hole in his gameplan when it comes to getting taken down

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  • qat says:

    I guess Kongo’s gameplan will be to dominate in a clinch-heavy, dirty fight, which may be possible, but i hope Nelson drops a bomb on his chin to end it in the 1st.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Do you think Kongo’s stronger in the clinch? I see them as about even

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  • Lord Faust says:

    This is a weird fight to predict. Kongo’s striking seems to have all but disappeared, except for his nearly accidental KO of Barry in their crazy fight.

    Nelson isn’t a very good striker, but he’s got the power to make a lot of that moot. I think this has a huge potential to be a rather tedious fight to watch — similar to the clinch-fest Kongo had with Jordan. Either Cheick is going to clinch against the fence and try for takedowns, or Nelson is going to get a takedown and smother. Nelson may be able to tap Kongo, I can’t even remember the last time he’s had to defend submission attempts.

    There’s a decent chance of a quick KO, and a big chance this fight being a grinding bore. I am hoping for the best, though.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Fatman buy sub in the 3rd. Nelson is one of the smartest fighters out their and he will gameplan Kongo into blowing his cardio and put him to sleep cause Kongo is to stupid to know when to tap

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