It looks like the so-called ‘bet’ that Roy Nelson made with his buddy about dropping to light heavyweight if his Facebook fanpage got to 100,000 ‘likes’ is not happening anytime soon. On May 26, 2012 Nelson will be taking on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 146 in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC officials announced this fight earlier today (Mar.7)
Besides the heavyweight headliner of Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem, a second battle between big guys will go down at UFC 146. Former Strikeforce heavyweight star Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has verbally agreed to make his UFC debut against Roy “Big Country” Nelson.
Silva logged wins over Andrei Arlovski, Mike Kyle and Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce and Nelson has wins over Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve and Mirko CroCop and got Fight of the Night in his last fight against Fabricio Werdum.
Nelson is coming off a loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143 and will look to get back to his winning ways with a win over Strikeforce heavyweight “Bigfoot.”
This will be Silva’s first test inside the octagon. “Bigfoot” started off 2011 with a big win over Fedor Emelianenko, but lost his next fight in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi-finals to Daniel Cormier.
UFC 146 is expected to be headlined by another heavyweight fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem.