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Roy Nelson is an MMA fighter who is one of the coaches in Season 16 of the FX mixed martial arts competition series, "The Ultimate Fighter."

Roy "Big Country" Nelson, 17-7 in his MMA career, has been called one of the toughest fighters in any division. Already an experienced campaigner when he entered "The Ultimate Fighter" house in 2009, Nelson defeated Kimbo Slice and Brendan Schaub to become the season 10 TUF champion, before going on to knockout Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop and, most recently,
Roy Nelson, aka Big Country, on "The Ultimate Fighter"
Roy Nelson, aka Big Country, The Ultimate Fighter
Dave Herman. Nelson is the fifth TUF champion to return to the series as a coach, following Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra.

Roy Nelson wants you to take one look at him and underestimate him because of his physique. It makes it all the more sweet for him when the referee raises his arm at the end of the bout.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nelson has always been a gifted athlete. He wrestled and played football and baseball at Cimarron Memorial High School before graduating in 1994. He became a martial arts fan after seeing "The Karate Kid" at a young age and began training in karate and kung fu. He started watching the UFC in 1994 and, in 2000, began training in jiu-jitsu with one of the sport's top coaches, John Lewis in Las Vegas. Nelson also served as a training partner to many of the top mixed martial arts fighters in Las Vegas.

Four years later, he made the transition from trainer to fighter, and made his pro debut. With a devastating mixture of striking, ground and pound, and submission skills, he has compiled a 14-4 record and hold the now-defunct IFL's Heavyweight title. Big Country has two recent losses to notable mixed martial arts heavyweights including a KO to former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski last October and lost a three-round decision to Jeff Monson in March.


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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: June 20, 1976
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 265 lbs.
Nickname: Big Country
Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV

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