After going on a three fight win streak in the UFC and being talked about as one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division, Roy “Big Country” Nelson has lost three of his last four fights. His only victory, a round 1 KO/TKO over Minotauro Nogueria on April 11, 2014, flashed the potential and greatness many talk of when discussing Nelson in the UFC.

Nelson is fighting another fighter who has been mentioned as top contender, but hasn’t been able to put it all together quiet yet, Alistair Overeem. Overeem has lost three of his last five fights, with one of his victories coming over Frank Mir at UFC 169.

A lot of people still believe in the number eight-ranked heavyweight Nelson and believe he will still one day fight for the belt. This is a huge test for him and a fight that could show Nelson is poised for a big run in 2015.

The biggest concern is that there are a couple questions about Nelson and here they are:

Can He Bounce Back?

Nelson is coming off of a second round KO/TKO loss to Mark Hunt and many are questioning if Overeem may be too much for him. Overeem is coming off of a first round KO/TKO victory over Stefan Struve and looked phenomenal. The big question is whether Nelson can bounce back and not let the last loss impact this fight.

Is Nelson A Legitimate Contender Anymore?

At one time, Nelson was looked at as one of the top guys in the heavyweight division. He is currently ranked eighth, so he isn’t looked at as a nobody, but he still is lower than where many have thought he would be. Overeem is ranked ninth, so with a win many will start to get back on the Nelson bandwagon, but if he loses, will this be the end of Nelson’s run to a title? Also, if he wins, but does so in a not so spectacular fashion, is he truly a contender anymore?

Is The End Near?

“Big Country” Nelson has had the hype in the UFC since he has won season ten of the Ultimate Fighter, but a loss to Overeem could put his UFC career in jeopardy. Like I said, Nelson has lost three of his last four fights and if he losses Saturday to make it four of his last five, he will most likely be unranked in the division. I do not believe he will be out of the UFC, but if he losses to Overeem and then goes on to lose another fight, I think the season ten winner of the Ultimate Fighter will no longer be in the UFC. . A win is much needed for Nelson if he wants to keep his UFC career going.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.