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Roy Nelson-Daniel Cormier targeted for tilt in Texas

Roy Nelson-Daniel Cormier targeted for tilt in Texas

UFC heavyweights Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier didn’t have a lot of complimentary things to say about one another when it looked like a match-up between the two was brewing for earlier this year. Though the bout never came together, it looks like the two talented big men will still have an opportunity to mix it up, as the UFC is still looking to ink the effort if able to re-sign Nelson (who is currently a free agent).

According to Yahoo Sports, UFC President Dana White has confirmed his interest in putting the pairing together and is aiming for it to occur on October 19 at UFC 166. The card is scheduled for Houston, Texas and is headlined by a title-fight between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and heavy-handed Brazilian Junior dos Santos.

Nelson saw a three-fight winning streak snapped when he lost to Stipe Miocic in June after accepting the tilt on short notice. “Big Country” is 19-8 with seventeen stoppages including twelve TKOs.

The 12-0 Cormier earned a decision nod over Frank Mir in his UFC debut a few months ago. He also holds past victories over Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett.