“Big Country,” “Super Samoan” Awaiting Word On Official Booking

Roy Nelson

UFC heavyweights Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt are down to trade punches later this year. Now, they just need the promotion to make it official.

Nelson and Hunt have been rumored for the UFC’s return to Japan, which is scheduled for September 20 from Saitama and a Fight Night event.

On Twitter recently, Nelson sent a message back to UFC president Dana White saying “agree” as far as facing Hunt.

It didn’t take Hunt long to respond, posting, “we both waiting Dana for our destiny.”

Nelson (20-9) avoided the first three-fight losing streak of his career by finishing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira this past April in Abu Dhabi. He had lost decisions to Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic last year after stringing together three consecutive finishes vs. Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman.

Since winning the title of Ultimate Fighter in 2009 with a knockout of Brendan Schaub, “Big Country” has gone 7-5. All five losses have been via decision, while all seven wins have been finishes.

Hunt (9-8-1) finished out 2013 with a draw vs. Antonio Silva after a grueling five-round battle in Australia. He had his four-fight win streak snapped by former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos last May.

“The Super Samoan” was linked at one time to a bout with Schaub, but he has signed agreed to meet Andrei Arlovski later this year.

No fights have been made official for the UFC card from Japan this summer. The promotion also heads to China in August for a Fight Night card.

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