UFC 137 Results Roy Nelson Staves off MMA Elimination by Beating Mirko Cro Cop

The odds were stacked against Roy Nelson to not only come up with a favorable decision at UFC 137, but also keep his mixed martial arts career intact. Everyone from UFC president Dana White to Joe Rogan thought he was too fat, too sloppy and too unkempt to even present himself in public, much less defeat a legend like Mirko Cro Cop in the Octagon.

Nelson had been in serious danger of being dropped from the UFC coming into the weekend. Aside from being panned by White himself, Nelson had lost his last two bouts—to Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir—and four of his previous six fights overall. Another defeat would have given White plenty of justification to rid his league of a fighter who is unorthodox in every way, from his “hillbilly” appearance to his unusually humble attitude to his hulking fighting style.