[ads2]roy nelson ufc 159UFC heavyweight and TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson will return to action on short notice to take in Stipe Miocic at the UFC 161 event that’s set for June 15 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The event was originally supposed to be headlined by UFC interim bantamweight title fight between champion Renan Barao and challenger Eddie Wineland. However, Barao was forced to withdraw from the event this week with an injury. The new main event will be the orginal co-main event, a light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson.

Nelson (19-7) is riding a three fight winning streaking in which he has stopped all three opponents via KO in the very first round. He finished Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 via KO to win his second “Knockout of the Night” award in his last three bouts.

Miocic (9-1) is coming off the first professional loss of his career, a TKO loss to Stefan Struve in September 2012. He had won three consecutive bouts in the UFC prior to that fight with two of those wins coming via TKO.

The UFC 161 fight card is below:

The fight card is below:

  • Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
  • Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
  • Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
  • Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flag
  • Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
  • Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
  • Mitche Clarke vs. John Maguire
  • Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague

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