Despite the fact he may not be Dana White’s favorite fighter on the UFC roster, Roy Nelson has resigned with the promotion and will battle Dan Cormier as expected, at UFC 166 on October 19th.
The Houston Chronicle was the first to announce the match-up, and the UFC has retweeted the report. UFC 166 will be take place at Houston’s Toyota Center and will also feature Cormier’s buddy and heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, taking on Junior dos Santos for a third time.
As you likely know, Cormier has been pushing hard for a bout with Nelson, who the renowned wrestler said recently he has some “unfinished business with.”
Cormier (12-0) will be competing for the first time since UFC on FOX 7 in April, when he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Frank Mir. The #2 ranked heavyweight is expected to move to light-heavyweight at some point next year, as Cormier is not interested in fighting the aforementioned Velasquez.
Nelson (19-8) will be looking to get back on track, after he was badly beaten by Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 in June, and lost by unanimous decision. “Big Country” had KO’d Matt Mitrione, Dave Herman and Cheick Kongo heading into the fight, but reportedly turned down a contract extension before facing Miocic. One can’t help but wonder what the figures were on that offer, compared to the contract Nelson just signed.
At any rate, that’s a great heavyweight addition to a card that’s getting pretty stacked.