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Roy Nelson Scouting Report

Roy Nelson Scouting Report

MMA Manifesto

Roy Nelson Scouting Report

Roy Nelson Scouting Report

Roy Nelson Scouting Report


6’0″ 263 lbs (Heavyweight)
73″ reach, Orthodox
June 20, 1976


22-14 (UFC: 9-10)

Current Streak

1 straight loss


Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

IFL Heavyweight Grand Prix Winner: 2007
IFL Heavyweight Champion: 2007-2008 (two successful title defenses)
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Heavyweight Winner: 2009



– best chin in the sport
– heavy, heavy hands
– agile & athletic
– very good at using his weight on the ground
– solid submission skills
– very experienced
– extremely tough
– impossible to finish
– decent cardio
– showed more versatility recently (takedowns, kicks)



– carries way too much fat
– undersized (height, reach) for a heavyweight
– old for a fighter
– gets into slugfests
– has taken a lot of damage over his career – bound to catch up to him eventually
– very inaccurate striker
– poor striking defense
– takes way more hits than he delivers (more than double)
– horrendous takedown accuracy
– despite being a BJJ black belt, doesn’t take many fights to the ground
– doesn’t fight smart – basically only looks to land his big right hand


You can’t question Big Country’s toughness, but you can question whether or not he’ll be able to achieve elite-level success as a UFC heavyweight fighting the style he fights and with the frame he has.




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