Riley lost to Nelson in March at UFC 96 a stoppage that was premature. While even controversial stoppages are debatable, this one would be hard to argue otherwise.
"These guys train so hard," a disappointed Dana White said after the event. "Those two kids have been in camp for six to eight weeks training, they fly out here to fight, and the fight gets stopped like that. Listen, people make mistakes all the time. That was a bad one."
Nelson out of Hawaii competed on the eight season of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV. He was eliminated from the competition by eventual winner Efrain Escudero.
Besides his ability to take punishment, Riley is also best remembered for one of the best fights of 2002, a unanimous decision loss in his UFC debut to Robbie Lawler at UFC 37.
The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Riley and dropped his record to 27-11-1, while advancing Nelson's win streak to eight and record to 12-3.