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Roy Nelson Feels He Deserves Next UFC Heavyweight Title Shot

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Another fight, another first round finish for Roy Nelson Saturday night.

“Big Country” landed a thunderous right, followed it up with another shot, and ended Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 from Newark, New Jersey.

With the win, Nelson took the chance to make his case for a future UFC heavyweight title fight.

“I want that gold,” Nelson said. “Whoever wins UFC 160, I want.”

Nelson (19-7) was referencing the upcoming title fight between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva. The former Ultimate Fighter winner has now won three straight, with all six of his UFC wins coming via knockout – including five in the first round.

When asked about the power he holds in his hands, Nelson simply said, “No, you can’t (teach that). I get it all from the fans. They energize me. They set them up, I knock them down.”

Nelson’s request, though, was denied by UFC president Dana White during the post-fight press conference. White confirmed that he would meet either Daniel Cormier or Mark Hunt next, depending on the outcome of the upcoming Hunt-Junior dos Santos match.

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