Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Roy Nelson (white shorts) celebrates defeating Cheick Kongo (yellow and grey shorts) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Nelson Targeted as Backup Plan at UFC 160 Against Junior Dos Santos


UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is expected to face former champions Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 next weekend, but visa issues have put Hunt’s status for the fight in jeopardy. UFC officials and the fight participants are hopeful that Hunt will be able to make it to Las Vegas for the event, but if he is not, there is a backup plan.

Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reported on UFC Tonight that the UFC has asked Roy Nelson to apply for a license to fight Dos Santos on May 25 if Hunt is unable to go.

Nelson and Dos Santos previously faced off in August of 2010 at UFC 117 when Dos Santos bruised and battered Nelson for all three rounds before earning the unanimous decision victory, but both fighters have grown since then and it would be a very exciting fight.

For Nelson, he most recently fought less than a month ago at UFC 159 in New Jersey where he earned a first-round knockout win over Cheick Kongo. “Big Country” is currently riding a three-fight win streak and a win over Dos Santos would certainly catapult him to the top of the title picture.

We should learn Hunt’s fate in the next few days, so stay tuned to FanSided.com as we keep you updated with the latest developments.

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