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UFC 137 Live Blog: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson Updates

Mirko Cro Cop faces Roy Nelson at UFC 137.UFC 137Roy NelsonUFC

pay-per-view card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Nelson (15-6) has lost his last two fights in decisions against Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir. Cro Cop (27-9-2) is also on a two-fight skid, both knockout losses to Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub.




Round 1: Nelson swings and missed badly early on. Cro Cop with a slow start out of the gate as he reacts to Nelson's feints but throws nothing back. Nelson shoots in and takes him down against the cage. Cro Cop ties him up. Nelson is working from his guard and lands an occasional punch to the head. Cro Cop uses an opening and explodes back to his feet. Kick by Cro Cop lands to the body. Nelson lands a right that sends Cro Cop back a step. Cro Cop snaps Nelson's head back with an uppercut. A combo from Cro Cop. Nelson tried a kick but Cro Cop beat him with a left hand. It was Nelson early but Cro Cop late and the Croatian takes it 10-9.

Round 2: Nelson rocked Cro Cop with a right hand. Nelson went in for the kill and Cro Cop floored him with a left. Cro Cop went in for the finish and flurried. Nelson covered up and stayed alive as the crowd went wild. Nelson is bleeding from the nose. A Cro Cop head kick was mostly deflected by Nelson to a huge pop. We're midway through now. Nelson takes him down and moves to side mount. Nelson tried to set up the crucifix but Cro Cop kept his hand high. Nelson finally got the crucifix with :30 left. Nelson threw left hands but they weren't heavy ones. Ref Steve Mazzagatti thought about stopping it but correctly let it go. Cro Cop made it out. Nelson 10-9 but a very back and forth round makes it difficult to score.

Round 3: Nelson wobbled Cro Cop with a big right hand early. For some reason he didn't follow it up. Another right hand from Nelson hurt him again. Cro Cop went down this time and Nelson rained punches from the back until ref Steve Mazzagatti stopped it.

Winner: Roy Nelson via TKO, Rd. 3 (1:30)


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