Cormier dominates Nelson

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.