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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.