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Roy Nelson on standby for scrap with Junior dos Santos

Roy Nelson on standby for scrap with Junior dos Santos

UFC officials have been adamant in their belief heavyweight Mark Hunt’s visa issues will be cleared up in time to get him in town for a UFC 160 showdown with Junior dos Santos. Likewise, Hunt has expressed confidence in the same result regardless of how frustrating the situation may be. However, that’s not to say the UFC doesn’t have a plan in place just in case things don’t play out as expected.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, Roy Nelson has been approached about stepping in to face Dos Santos at the May 25 event if necessary and has expressed interest even though he would only have a week to prepare for the challenge. The two faced off in 2010 with JDS picking up a decision win in what the former champion has labeled as one of the toughest tests of his career.

Nelson has picked up first-frame knockouts in his last three tilts including a two-minute mashing of Cheick Kongo in April at UFC 159. He is 19-7 in his career with seventeen stoppages notched on his record.

The 15-2 Dos Santos is coming off a loss to divisional king Cain Velasquez. Like Nelson, he is a noted finisher with past TKOs over Velasquez, Stefan Struve, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Frank Mir.

A resolution in Hunt’s case is expected in the coming days. He is currently stuck in New Zealand as the result of a decade-old legal problem affecting his ability to obtain a visa and travel overseas.

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