On Saturday, September 20th the UFC will hold UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the main event of the evening a long awaited matchup between heavyweight sluggers will finally go down. Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson will look to lay heavy leather on each other’s jaws. Hunt’s turnaround is one of the best stories in the history of MMA. “The Super Samoan” lost six straight and was only given a shot in the UFC because he wouldn’t agree to let Zuffa buy out his Pride contract. After losing his first fight in the octagon to Sean McCorkle Hunt rattled off four straight victories and found himself in title contention. Hunt lost a number one contender fight against former heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos, but then rebounded with one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time against Antonio Silva. That fight was originally scored a draw, but was later turned into a no-contest when Silva was popped for a failed drug test. Hunt will be returning to the cage for the first time since that war last December.

Standing across the cage from Hunt will be Roy Nelson. Nelson has been “in the mix” for a heavyweight title shot for what seems like forever now, but he has never crossed the threshold into that title fight. A win against Hunt will certainly bring him closer to that elusive title shot. Nelson rebounded from two straight losses by obliteration Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira inside of one round back in April. “Big Country” certainly has the chin to trade shots with Hunt, but we could see Nelson return to his roots and the ground game in this one.

In the co-main event of the evening we truly have a new school vs. old school matchup. Fast rising prospect Myles Jury will face off with legendary lightweight, Takanori Gomi. Jury is unbeaten in his first fourteen professional bouts with five of those coming under the Zuffa banner. In his most recent contest, Jury schooled Diego Sanchez en route to a unanimous decision. Facing Gomi in enemy territory will certainly be a new test for Jury. Gomi has been up and down since finally migrating over to the UFC, but “The Fireball Kid” looked amazing in his last bout against Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

This is certainly the most star-studded main card that the UFC has delivered on Fight Pass. Yoshihiro Akiyama finally makes his return against Amir Sadollah and Miesha Tate welcomes Rin Nakai to the UFC. Kiichi Kunimoto and Kyoji Horiguchi will also get to showcase their skills in different fights on the main card. That main card kicks off at 3:30 am ET with the prelims going off at 12:30 am ET. The entire event aired on UFC Fight Pass.

Above is the full fight video highlights for Nelson vs Hunt (Video courtesy of the UFC)

 

FULL RESULTS

Mark Hunt def. Roy Nelson via knockout (punch) Round 2, 3:00
Myles Jury def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) Round 1, 1:32
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision. (30-27 x3)
Miesha Tate def. Rin Nakai via unanimous decision. (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Richard Walsh via split decision. (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Jon Delos Reyes by TKO (punches) Round 1, 3:48
Masanori Kanehara def. Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Katsunori Kikuno def. Sam Sicilia via submission (rear naked choke) Round 2, 1:38
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Takenori Soto via TKO (elbows) Round 1, 1:18
Kyung Ho Kang def. Michinori Tanaka via split decison (29-28, 29-28 28-29)
Johnny Case def. Kazuki Tokudome via submission (guillotine choke) Round 2, 2:34
Maximo Blanco def. Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

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