Two seasoned heavyweights in need of a win met inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 95. Roy Nelson (22-13) did battle with Antonio Silva (19-10-1). “Big Country” was on the losing end of four of his last five bouts. Meanwhile, “Bigfoot” had a record of 1-5-1 in his last seven fights.
Luckily for “Big Country” he turned his fortunes around a bit, although he had some gripes at the end of his victory.
Nelson threw a leg kick and ducked under a hook. Nelson parried a body kick attempt and missed a right hand over the top. Silva went high with a kick that was blocked. “Bigfoot” ate a right hand. “Big Country” stepped in and connected with a body kick. Nelson pressed his opponent against the fence. The two separated and the round ended shortly after.
The start of the second round saw both men throwing leather. Silva went for a kick, but got clipped with a right hand. Silva kicked Nelson below the belt and time called. When the fight resumed, “Bigfoot” went for a takedown, but it was thwarted. Nelson went for a left hook, uppercut combination but he couldn’t find the mark. Silva was tagged with a right hand. “Bigfoot” was dropped with an uppercut and he landed some more punches to finish the fight.
Post-fight, Nelson went over to referee “Big” John McCarthy and did a little shove with his foot. He looked none too pleased with McCarthy’s officiating. He told Jon Anik there was no sense in having to punch Silva as many times as he did and the fight should’ve been stopped sooner.
Final Result: Roy Nelson def. Antonio Silva via TKO (Punches) – R2, 4:10