While Stipe Miocic’s knockout win over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 shocked many, it also inspired others. At least that was the case for UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson.
Nelson, who’s 1-3 in his last four trips to the Octagon, believes that any heavyweight can get a hold of UFC gold with just one punch. And that’s why he wasn’t surprised with the way the UFC 198 main event materialized. Instead, he was inspired to become the next UFC heavyweight champion.
“All I know is that Stipe gave me inspiration because if Stipe can be that UFC champion, and they actually gave him a title shot, then I’m like, ‘Ah, I do have a chance,'” Nelson said on last week’s edition of The MMA Hour.
The fact that Nelson and Stipe have a history together may be one of the reasons behind “Big Country’s” title inspiration. Back in June 2013, Nelson stepped up and fought Miocic on short notice in the co-main event of UFC 161. Nelson entered the Octagon as the veteran, ranked in the top five of the UFC’s heavyweight division and was riding a three-fight winning streak that included impressive first-round finishes over Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo. Meanwhile, Miocic had only competed four times in the Octagon and was coming off a technical knockout loss to Stefan Struve.
During their fight, Nelson pressured Stipe in hopes of landing a knockout punch, while Miocic intelligently moved away from Nelson’s power, staying in the outside and connecting solid strikes on Nelson. Although both fighters had good moments, it was clear that Stipe was the winning the fight, as he outpointed Nelson, winning a unanimous decision. The 39-year-old Nelson says Miocic is a “point fighter” and he ran from him during their UFC ….View full article
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