Roy “Big Country” Nelson has had an up and down UFC career. Losing three of his last four, “Big Country” takes on another heavyweight who has been up and down in his career, Alistair Overeem.

Overeem has lost three of his last five, but is coming off of a KO victory over Stefan Struve. Overeem is an athletic freak and is a vet when it comes to the octagon, as he has thirty-eight career victories, sixteen by TKO/KO and nineteen by submission.

Nelson is coming off of a loss to Marc Hunt by KO, but the Season 10 Ultimate Fighter winner is looking to bounce back on Saturday. Nelson has twenty-career victories, winning thirteen of them by KO/TKO, or 65% of his wins.

The fight between Nelson and Overeem should be a good one as both fighters are looking to show they are still contenders in the heavyweight division.

Here are the Key’s to Victory for Nelson:

Control The Octagon:

Overeem is a massive individual and can be very intimidating to stand across in the octagon. Even though Nelson is the smaller of the two fighters, he needs to be the one to control the octagon. If he lets Overeem control the middle of the octagon and push him backwards, he could be in for a long night, but a short fight.

Win the Striking Battle:

Both fighters are good strikers and if Nelson wants to walk away with a victory on Saturday, he needs to be the one winning the striking battles. Nelson needs to be able to work his combos and show Overeem that he is the better striker.

Land The Big Shot First:

This fight has, “winner by KO/TKO,” written all over it. Both fighters have knockout power and can end the fight with one strike. Nelson needs to be the one to land the big shot first and make sure that he is not the one in trouble early. If he gets tagged by Overeem and is the one trying to recover, this fight will be one that “Big Country” will not be able to win. If Nelson can land the big shot first, he can surely end the fight and walk away with a much needed victory on Saturday.

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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.