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Roy Nelson is for real

Stefan Struve will enter just about every MMA fight he has in the UFC with a decided height and reach advantage. That's going to happen when you're 6-foot-11 with an 83-inch reach.

None of that mattered though when he stepped into the Octagon against "TUF 10" winner Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 21.

Nelson, whose official nickname is "Big Country" but is often referred to in varying verbal degrees of "Buddha," landed an overhand right that dropped the 22-year-old Struve. Nelson followed it up with a flurry of ground-and-pound until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout 39 seconds into the first round.

Say what you want about Nelson (his haircut for this fight was straight out of 1987 "What Your Union Can Do For You" VHS tape), but he's a very good fighter. He has powerful hands and is even better on the ground.

If he can keep up the wins, we just might see him in the mix with top-tier heavyweights fairly soon. I think a fight with Cheick Kongo would be interesting.

New York Sports