Roy Nelson and Jared Rosholt are your co-main event, and please do remember that the original main event of this UFC was supposed to be champ Fabricio Werdum against Cain Velasquez and the co-main was supposed to be Johny Hendricks versus Stephen Thompson, so, um, yeah.
Nelson is immediately in the center of the Octagon, crouching low and readying his bread-and-butter right hand. Given that Nelson has put away so many fighters with that hand, it’s no wonder that Rosholt is cautious as hell, but halfway through the round he does start to loosen up, landing with a jab and circling out of trouble whenever the TUF winner comes in. The round ends with both men upright.
Round 2 is all about Nelson and Rosholt trying hard not to make a mistake and fall prey to the other man’s strenghts – for Nelson, it’s to avoid Rosholt’s wrestling, and for Rosholt it’s to not get knocked out. That makes for a pretty maddening five minutes, and limited volume of offense makes it hard to pinpoint who takes the frame.
The final round is more of the same, although with a minute and a half left Rosholt finally goes for a takedown. Nelson avoids going down, though, and in last few seconds these guys are swinging sloppy punches.
Result: Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via Unanimous Decision