4. Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – UFC Fight Night 39
Prior to his showdown with Hunt, Roy Nelson faced off with Brazilian legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 39 in April 2014.
Although Nogueira has shown crisp boxing throughout his career, this matchup was a classic striker vs. grappler contest with Nelson holding the brute power, and “Minotauro” holding the dangerous submission skills.
The bout would end up playing out mostly on the feet, however, which proved to be an advantage for “Big Country”. After stumbling and rocking “Big Nog” with some solid shots early on, Nelson would unload on his patented right hand just minutes into the first round, sending a stiffened Nogueira crashing to the mat.
Nelson would add yet another historic knockout to his resume, this time only needing one shot in order to do so.