Roy Nelson turned in a vintage performance at Gamebred Bare Knuckle 4, flattening Dillon Cleckler in the main event of Friday’s bare-knuckle event.
Nelson took a lot of punishment to get to the finish, but his right hand took Cleckler’s legs out from under him. With a follow-up shot, the fight was called at the 3:24 mark of the opening round.
Below is the finish captured by @Grabaka_Hitman.
Dillon Cleckler came to throw down, but that Big Country power is immortal #GamebredFC4 pic.twitter.com/tgaMjLZPHo— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 6, 2023
It was Nelson’s first win in six years and six fights; not since a 2017 decision over Jay Ayala had he had his hand raised. And for a while, it looked like “Big Country” wouldn’t snap his skid. Cleckler carried superior speed and repeatedly cracked Nelson with sharper and more diverse punching attacks. Nelson’s power was undercut by well-telegraphed shots, and he staggered after taking several hard punches.
Then he turned back the clock, showing the MMA world once again that he can never be counted out of a fight. Cleckler suffered the second loss of his six-fight bare-knuckle career.