Sadly, it seems as though Nelson’s time as a UFC fighter is likely at an end. He’s an entertaining personality and obviously has some skill but he’s lost back-to-back bouts and is far from UFC President Dana White’s favorite fighter. Also, consider the biggest wins of Nelson’s run in the organization came against Stefan Struve, Cheick Kongo, and Brendan Schaub rather than elite adversaries. Truly, every time he’s been put up against a top foe he’s fallen short. Nelson could cling to the roster and land a “must win” match-up with someone like Shawn Jordan, but it seems like Bellator is probably a bit more realistic given his icy relationship with White. The company would benefit from having Nelson on board and it would also give “Big Country” a legitimate chance at becoming champion.
Based on the number of knockouts and the amount of blood shed there were obviously some serious losers last weekend when it came to the lineup for UFC 166. Though the show was highly memorable for fans, it should ultimately stand out for a couple of fighters as well whose heads are now on the chopping block as a result of their in-ring stumbles. That being said, a few of the less fortunate competitors are sure to be back in the Octagon come 2014 and ready to show their recent stumbles were simply speed-bumps rather than indicative of their future prospects. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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