UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson (18-7) knows he’s in for a fight tomorrow night at UFC 159 when he collides with Cheick Kongo (18-7-2). He’s just not sure what kind of clash he should expect. On one hand, Kongo hits extremely hard and has enough technique at his disposal to keep opponents guessing when it comes to the strikes being thrown. On the other, Kongo also has a reputation for playing dirty and isn’t afraid to pick opponents apart instead of fully engage them as a means of self-preservation.
Nelson acknowledged all the possibilities this week at a press conference promoting the event where he made it clear he’s coming for Kongo’s head but isn’t looking to participate in a track meet as a means of slicing it off.
“Cheick has a few strategies. I’ve got to make sure he doesn’t try to grab my shorts. That’s a big one. Knees to the balls – that’s a big one. No grabbing the fence. And then hopefully he won’t run,” explained Nelson in a conversation captured by MixedMartialArts.com. “So those are all the things I’m looking at. I’m there to fight, and try to knock his block off.”
“If Cheick wants to fight, then I’m ready to go. But if he’s going to run, I didn’t bring my running shoes. I’ll chase him down if I have to. But at the end of the day, I just want to fight,” he concluded.
All five of Nelson’s wins in the Octagon have been the result of a TKO. Meanwhile, ten of Kongo’s total victories have come by way of strikes though he’s picked up lackluster decisions in his last two triumphs.
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