Heavyweight Roy Nelson Signs Exclusive, Multi-Fight Deal with Bellator MMA

By Tristen Critchfield May 26, 2017

Bellator MMA has made yet another move on the free agent market, this time signing heavyweight Roy Nelson to an exclusive, multi-fight contract.

Sherdog.com confirmed the signing with a promotion official following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. According to the report, Bellator is targeting the fall for Nelson’s debut with California-based organization.

Nelson’s UFC contract expired following a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC on Fox 24 on April 15. “Big Country” went 9-10 in the Octagon after winning Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” During his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion, he earned notable wins over the likes of Antonio Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione, Mirko Filipovic and Stefan Struve.

The 40-year-old Nevada resident has compiled a 22-14 mark over the course of a career that also included seven-bout stint in the International Fight League. Other ex-UFC talents to recently sign with Bellator include Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin, Benson Henderson, Ryan Bader, Phil Davis and Mitrione.


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