One of the heavyweight divisions top contenders Junior Dos Santos has confirmed via twitter that his next opponent will be TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson at UFC 117 in August.
Dos Santos has proven himself against a string of quality opponents since his arrival in the UFC in October of 2008, defeating Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel and Gabriel Gonzaga along the way, and four of them dispatched within a single round.
Under normal circumstance that kind of form would have guaranteed him an opportunity to fight for the heavyweight belt. Unfortunately With current champion Brock Lesnar facing Shane Carwin next, and the winner of that fight set to take on Cain Velasquez, Dos Santos has been left in the unfortunate situation of having to continue winning while waiting for his own title shot.
That leaves him facing another tough opponent in Roy Nelson. After emerging as the winner of TUF season 10 with a KO win over Brendan Schaub in December, Nelson has since also knocked out Stefan Struve in less than a minute to establish himself as another force to be reckoned with in the division.
A win over Dos Santos would be a major step for ‘Big Country’ and should move the former IFL champion into the title picture.