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UFC Fight Night 52: Super Samoan Battles Big Country

Roy Nelson UFCSAITAMA, Japan – Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweights collide as No. 6 contender Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (9-8-1) goes to battle with No. 8 contender “Big Country” Roy Nelson (21-9) as the main event for UFC Fight Night 52 in Saitama, Japan on Saturday. This heavyweight duo looks to put recent lack of success behind them as they continue to climb the UFC Fighter rankings in the heavyweight division.

The “Super Samoan” is fresh off a performance that is considered one of the greatest heavyweight fights in UFC history as he battled No. 9 contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-6, 1 NC) to a five-round draw at UFC Fight Night Hunt vs. Bigfoot in December. The two exchanged 200 strikes in the bloody match with Hunt owning a six strike and two takedown advantage when the fight went to the judges.

Hunt had a four fight winning streak snapped by the dominating performance of No. 2 contender Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (16-3) at UFC 160 in which Dos Santos landed 45 more strikes and landed a takedown. However, Hunt is 19 pounds overweight for the fight and may not get to the 265 limit for a heavyweight fight. Nelson could still grant the fight if Hunt misses weight.

“Big Country” came to UFC wining The Ultimate Fighter in 2009 against “Big Brown” Brendan Schaub (11-4) in the season finale. Nelson’s last fight was an impressive win against a grizzled veteran of the UFC in which he knocked out No. 15 contender “Big Nog” Minotauro Nogueira (34-9-1, 1 NC) in the first round at a UFC Fight Night in April. The win snapped a two fight losing streak in which the Las Vegas native lost back-to-back unanimous decisions to top contenders. Nelson fell to now No. 2 light heavyweight contender Daniel “DC” Cormier (15-0) at UFC 166 after losing to No. 4 contender Stipe Miocic (12-1) at UFC 161.

Hopefully, Hunt can make weight so fans can be assured the fight will be on.