This is the UFC 185 live blog for Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem, a heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Nelson, who has won two of his past five fights, will face Overeem, who also has won two of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 185 live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean is the ref. Heavyweights following up the flyweights. Could be quick. They touch gloves. Reem in the orthodox stance. Oblique kick to the thigh from Overeem. Nelson trying to wade into striking range, half-protecting his head, trying to get inside the 8-inch reach advantage. Big overhand right from Nelson, doesn't get in flush. Overeem with a leg kick, and he rolls back out. Nelson tries a body punch, but no mustard on it. Both guys looking to land the anvil, and Nelson comes in with with a flurry, landing a left hook. Knee to the body from Overeem, who is content to land and get out, land and get out. Repeat. Overeem picking Nelson apart at range, but now Nelson comes in with a bunch of huge shots on the fence as Overeem covers up. Overeem takes and takes, then returns fire. He's fine! Wow. Now a big leg kick momentarily doubles over Nelson, who staggers on fence. His leg is already a mess, with a welt forming. Body shot from Overeem, and just as Nelson goes low Overeem lands a knee to his upper-chest. Very poised fight so far from Overeem, who is now circling. Nelson comes in and they bang bodies, nothing doing. Big knee to the body followed by a huge kick to the body by Overeem. He is landing anything he throws to Nelson's solar plexus/stomach. Big knee to the body again, and Nelson has got to be hurting as the round ends. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Overeem, 10-9
Round 2: Nasty, nasty bright red welt on Nelson's right leg. Overeem takes a low kick of his own. Right hand by Overeem, and he follows with a leg kick. Now he comes forward and lands a lunging knee into Roy's belly. Nelson a little unsteady on his feet, his lead leg getting brutalized. Big right hand from Overeem, and his mouthpiece comes flying out! But Overeem doesn't fall. Instead he coolly lands a body kick, and another. Same game plan for the Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter. Nelson is tough, man. He is trying to size Overeem up to land something big. Just as Nelso nwinds up, Overeem peels out of there and does a hot lap around cage, to the immense displeasure of the Dallas crowd. Overeem with a takedown attempt, which works somewhat but Nelson bounces back up. It's Nelson holding center. Knee to the body from Overeem, and he eats a right hand up top for his efforts. Oblique kick from Overeem on Nelson's lead leg. Again Overeem runs to the safety of another area, and Nelson tracks him down and delivers a series of body shots on the fence. Overeem takes them, and very easily walks out of it. Flying knee from Overeem lands (!), and he follows it up with a couple of wild punches. Nelson takes them. At the end of the round, Nelson comes alive again on fence, lands a good shot up top, and then waits for opening for follow-up, and when he doesn't see one he lamely tries for takedown as bell sounds. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Overeem, 10-9 (20-18 overall)
Round 3: Oblique kick from Overeem, doesn't land. Both guys huffing pretty good here. Left jab misses for Nelson, and he takes a right hand. Overeem playing the outside here, and as they come together they collide in knee attacks, and Nelson hits the deck. He bounces back up, but Nelson may have taken a knee to the groin. He did. Ouch. Now there's a break as Nelson tries to recover. That was a massive knee Overeem landed right to the crotch. Nelson pacing back and forth, occasionally bending over. Now he says he's okay, and we're back at it. Body kick from Overeem, and he picks up where he left off with a big right hand. Spinning elbow misses from Overeem. Swing and a miss from Nelson with right hand, as again Overeem jogs around Nelson. Big right hand from Nelson! That might have hurt Overeem a little bit, and instead of throwing bombs on fence to follow-up, again Nelson goes low for takedown...and again, nothing doing. Head kick from Overeem lands, and Nelson wobbles backwards. Oblique kick again. Nelson looked like he might be in trouble, but Overeem opting to blast away in isolated shots. Not going to overextend. Nelson tried to complain he got poked in the eye, but Herb ain't buying it. A minute to go, and Overeem lands a side kick. Nelson really taking some deep breaths out there. Overhand right from Nelson, who comes in a like man navigating himself through howling wind. Overeem taking care to avoid anything big, but just as I type that he takes a big shot that drops him! A right hand! Nelson comes on, but Overeem recovers and gets up. Instead of using space to try and end the fight, Nelson crowds him on fence as time expires. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Nelson, 10-9 (29-28 overall for Overeem).
UFC 185 official results: Alistair Overeem def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)