UFC 159 results/photos: Roy Nelson's right hand makes quick work of Cheick Kongo


NEWARK, N.J. – With his scruffy beard and flowing locks, Roy Nelson may never look the part of an elite MMA fighter, but it’s impossible to deny the man’s punching power, as Cheick Kongo quickly discovered.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 159 event at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

As the fight opened, Nelson pushed forward quickly into the clinch, where it looked like he wanted to work against the fence. But referee Kevin Mulhall quickly called an end to that strategy by breaking apart the fighters as they looked to establish position.

It worked out in Nelson’s favor.

As Kongo kept his back to the cage, Nelson walked forward and unleashed an overhand right hand that landed on the ear and sent Kongo to the floor. As Kongo tries to scramble up, Nelson blasted him with another right hand that sent him sprawlin to the canvas. Mulhall then stepped in to call the fight at the 2:03 mark of the opening frame.

Nelson (19-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is now 4-1 in his past five appearances, and all four wins have come by way of knockout. After the win, Nelson called for a chance to fight for the UFC’s heavyweight title.

“They set ‘em up, and I knock ‘em down,” Nelson said. “I want that gold. UFC 160, whoever wins that I want.”

Kongo (18-8-2 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) falls to 1-2 in his past three outings.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 159 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

Matt Erickson and Steven Marrocco contributed to this report on-site in Newark.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 19 days ago
  • 7 views

HALIFAX – Roman Salazar had his work cut out for him, but Mitch Gagnon really never let him get started.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 69 views

Only a handful of UFC fighters are capable of putting impressive streaks together, stringing win after win along as they make their trek toward the top of the divisional mountain. But even the best f read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 41 views

Check out Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson full fight video to see how Mark Hunt earned his UFC interim heavyweight title shot at UFC 180 with a devastating knockout of Nelson at UFC Fight Night 52 this past read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

Take a look back as Mark Hunt knocked out Roy Nelson, earning the much-coveted Performance of the Night bonus at UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan in September. read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 17 views

Watch Mark Hunt's walk off KO against Roy Nelson As Cain Velasquez dropped off his UFC 180 title defense against Fabricio Werdum due to a knee injury, Mark Hunt was tapped to step in on short notice read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 7 views

"I was kind of surprised when I got the main event. And then I sat and thought about it and realized Gunnar is from over there. They are trying to see if he's ready for a step up in competition. I ki read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 76 views

When Lithuanian heavyweight Arnold Oborotov was announced as Badr Hari’s new opponent inside Global Fighting Championships on just 24 hours’ notice, few gave him much chance -- with good read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 49 views

Three mixed martial artists are part of the new Scorpion King movie. Scheduled to be released on DVD early next year, "The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power" features UFC heavyweights Roy Nelson and A read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 views

The href="http://www.sherdog.com/organizations/Ultimate-Fighting-Championship-2">Ultimate Fighting Championship will makes its promotional debut on South Korean soil in 2015. read news >>