Cormier dominates Nelson

(R-L) Daniel Cormier punches Roy 'Big Country' Nelson in their UFC heavyweight bout at the Toyota Center on October 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Daniel Cormier took out Roy Nelson in a killer three round war.
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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2004. His work has been published in CNN, Bleacher Report, MMAWeekly.com, Yahoo! Sports, UFC.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He also co-hosts The Great Debate Radio MMA podcast, and has appeared on ESPN Radio and SportsNet Radio. Follow him on Twitter.


Two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier is on his way to the light heavyweight division, but before he arrives he made one last stop at heavyweight where he soundly defeated Roy Nelson on Saturday night.

A wrestler by nature, Cormier came out and immediately put the pressure on Nelson to try and stop his takedowns. The Oklahoma State alum was able to put Nelson down in the first round where he looked to land some punches while making sure he kept the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt out of submission range.

Following that initial takedown, Nelson did a great job of shrugging off Cormier's other attempts to get the fight to the ground, but things didn't go much better for him on the feet.

Cormier's fast hands were too much for Nelson to counter and time after time the American Kickboxing Academy fighter launched punches in succession that tagged and rattled the Las Vegas based competitor.

Another element added to Cormier's growing arsenal were head kicks, which he threw at will against Nelson while constantly targeting his right side. Nelson's power punch comes from his right hand so it was smart strategy for Cormier to keep him blocking kicks, which in turn stopped him from launching his sledgehammer haymaker.

The fight slowed in the third round, but Cormier still controlled the pace as Nelson slowed with each minute that passed. When it was over, the judges all gave unanimous 30-27 scores to Cormier, who keeps his perfect record in tact at 13-0 as he now begins his life at 205 pounds with his next fight.

Nelson drops his second fight in a row with the loss to Cormier now moving his career record to 19-9 overall and 6-5 inside the UFC Octagon.

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