Roy “Big Country” Nelson Just Got Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree And Slept
Roy Nelson has suffered his 9th loss from his last 13 starts in a one-sided showdown with Sergei Kharitonov. His recent form slump has called the 42-year-old’s future into question, having had long droughts without a win before. For the Russian, the knockout marked his 28th win. And with only 6 losses to his name, is on his way to being remembered as one of the greats of the heavyweight division. The two men, who have a combined 32 years at the top level of MMA, squared off at Bellator 207.
The fight had been billed as one that would be finished, not decided with Kharitonov scoring a highly impressive 26 of his 27 previous wins by stoppage. Likewise, Nelson is no slouch with stoppages contributing to 19 of his 23 wins. The respect and peace shown between the two veterans were left there as the men got down to business to open the fight.
Exchanging landed punches within the first few seconds, it was clear that the two’s reputations as finishers were going to remain intact. The Russian copped a nasty overhand from Nelson and staggered towards the fence.
An attempted takedown was thwarted by Kharitonov who threw and landed three knees that were deemed to be illegal. The strikes saw Nelson confined to the canvas and the fight stopped temporarily by Dan Miragliotta.
Kharitonov was deducted a point and gave an apology for his action before Nelson, staggering to his feet gave the okay to go ahead. A barrage of punches from the big American forced Kharitonov onto the back foot with the pro-US crowd getting right behind their hero.
Kharitonov’s evasive skills were put to the test before his landed a combination uppercut and double knee to take the wind out of Nelson’s sails.
From there it was a one-way street with Nelson copping all kinds of combinations from Kharitonov who was granted free reign by a lacklustre defence from Nelson who was clearly done by this point. It was a race against time, with the clock counting down, but with just a second to spare in the first round, Nelson was on the deck and the fight over.
Check out the closing stages here.