Mark Hunt Set To Square Off Against Roy Nelson in Main Event

Published on September 16th, 2014 1:36 pm EST

The UFC will be making another return to Japan when they host their UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Nelson card at the Saitama Super Arena this weekend.

The event is past of the UFC's new strategy to show international events at their proper starting times on UFC Fight Pass. In the past, an event in Japan may have started at a very unusual time for local residents in order to accommodate fans who would be watching in North America. This policy has now been changed and UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Nelson will now be getting underway in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Mark Hunt, who built quite a following during his time with PRIDE, will be making his return to Japan in the main event. Standing opposite Hunt will be Roy Nelson, a man with a chin that is almost as legendary as Mark Hunt himself. Both men can throw the leather and both men can take unbelievable amounts of punishment, which should make for a fantastic main event. The X factor in this fight may be Nelson's criminally underrated ground game.

The co-main event will see top 10 Lightweight Myles Jury square off against Takanori Gomi.


Here is the entire main card for this event:

Mark Hunt vs Roy Nelson
Myles Jury vs Takanori Gomi
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Amir Sadollah
Miesha Tate vs Rin Nakai
Kiichi Kunimoto vs Richard Walsh
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Jon Delos Reyes

A few notes:

-this will be Yoshihiro Akiyama's first fight in the UFC since February of 2012. Akiyama is currently in the midst of a four fight losing streak and desperately needs a win

-Akiyama was originally slated to square off against Kyle Noke but Noke was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury

-Urijah Faber was originally supposed to be on this card but had to withdraw due to injury. Alex Caceres took his place and will now be fighting on the preliminary card against Masanori Kanehara


This should be a great event as the main card is stocked with interesting fights. The Mark Hunt vs Roy Nelson main event, in particular, has the potential to be one of the top fights of the year.

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