As reported by MMAjunkie, MMA legend Roy Nelson is set to return to the cage at Bellator 207.

Nelson, 42, has been competing professionally since 2004, and in that time he’s put together a 23-15 record – but that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of what he’s done for the heavyweight division. Despite his physique, Nelson came to within touching distance of a title shot, courtesy of his one-punch knockout ability which always popped the crowd.

Despite falling out of favour with the UFC he’s certainly landed on his feet with Bellator, with this upcoming bout in Uncasville being pencilled in for the co-main event of the evening. Big Country will be squaring off against the always dangerous Sergei Kharitonov, with both men currently owning a 1-1 record in the promotion.


Nelson, who won Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, was actually scheduled to face Mirko Cro Cop in the main event of the historic Bellator 200 card before the Croatian unfortunately had to pull out of the encounter. His last actual fight was a bout against Matt Mitrione which he lost via decision, and since then, Nelson has been chomping at the bit to get another shot at him.

Bellator have been on something of a roll lately with both the Heavyweight & Welterweight Grand Prix tournaments gaining a lot of buzz, as well as their new deal with streaming service DAZN.

Whilst they may not be directly challenging the UFC at this moment in time they’re certainly starting to build some great divisions, as the promotion continues to go from strength to strength.

Harry Kettle

Sports writer covering pro wrestling, MMA & football. Forever dreaming of a world where Jeff Hardy wins the strap one more time.

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