Big Country misses with a huge right. Nelson shoots a solid single leg takedown into the guard. Roy stacks but unable to pass the giant legs of Cro Cop. Mirko gets to his feet and lands a left. Mirko lands a powerful kick to the gut. Nelson lands a big right hook and Cro Cop counters with an uppercut. Nelson stalks Cro Cop with quick hands. Mirko lands a left kick again to the gut to end the round.
A big right lands by Roy and Mirko responds with a barage that gets a few big shots through uppercuts. Nelson survives the swarm and the pace slows momentarily. A left leg head kick lands for Cro Cop. Nelson gets a slow takedown in the clinch straight into side control. Nelso moves up to a crucifix attempt and gets it in after some work. Small punches tap Mirko as the round ends.
Nelson lands his own kick to the stomach. Cro Cop now looks to have slowed. Nelson lands a big right that pushes Cro Cop back. Cro again taken down and quickly his back is taken and Nelson finishes it on the back of Mirko Cro Cop.
Roy Nelson defeats Mirko Cro Cop via TKO (Strikes) Round Three, 1:30
Nelson the TUF Season 10 winner comes back after suffering back to back losses to top contenders Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir. Nelson now carries notable victories over Mirko Cro Cop, Stefan Struve, and Brenda Schaub.