On Friday afternoon, Roy “Big Country” Nelson and mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira faced off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi. The bout came to a surprising, but spectacular end, when Nelson connected on the walk-off knockout to leave Nogueira out cold.
It was stunning to see Nogueira knocked out in such devastating fashion, but it goes to show that the early wars in his career are beginning have taken their toll on his body.
For those who didn’t catch the early Knockout of the Year contender, you can watch the highlight video below with Nelson’s post-fight speech:
If you missed Friday afternoon’s fights on UFC Fight Pass, you can check out the quick results below:
- Roy Nelson def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:37
- Clay Guida def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Round 3, 5:00
- Ryan LaFlare def. John Howard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Round 3, 5:00
- Ramsey Nijem def. Beneil Dariush via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:20
- Jared Rosholt def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Round 3, 5:00
- Thales Leites def. Trevor Smith via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:45
- Jim Alers def. Alan Omer via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – Round 3, 5:00
- Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya declared no-contest (accidental head-butt) – Round 1, 0:39