UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career. Just a few weeks ago, he scored a first round knockout over gatekeeper Cheick Kongo at UFC 159. Then, when it looked like Mark Hunt may miss his fight at UFC 160, the UFC looked first at "Big Country" as a replacement. With Hunt's visa problems now in order, they want to slot him in on the following PPV card.
UPDATE: MMA Junkie confirmed that Nelson is set to face Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 on June 15:
USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
) today confirmed with UFC President Dana White that Nelson and Miocic have agreed to meet on the main card of the event, which takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) vs. Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) now headlines the card.
Miocic had been expected to face Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who is now left without an opponent. Palelei will now serve as a backup opponent should any injuries disrupt UFC 161's heavyweight bouts of Nelson vs. Miocic or Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan.