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Roy Nelson Used ‘Weaker’ Striking Early Vs. Matt Mitrione

Roy Nelson does not consider himself a striker, but the ability appears to have come naturally to him.

Nelson informed Joe Rogan following his win over Matt Mitrione this past weekend that he only started striking in 2009. That didn’t stop “Big Country” from delivering a big uppercut that floored Mitrione and led to a victory.

For Nelson, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, striking is easier than working to submit someone on the ground, the fighter said.

“With me, I like to use my weaker stuff first in the first, so I start with my striking,” Nelson said. “If I can do that, I will before I use my better stuff.”

Nelson handed Mitrione his first stoppage defeat, picking the ex-NFL player apart early in the first before finishing him off later in the round.

“I was surprised he stood in front of me,” Nelson said. “He wanted the fight and I brought it to him.”

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