The winner of the UFC 117 meeting between heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson will earn a title shot against the winner of the upcoming matchup between heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez, which is being targeted to headline September’s UFC 119.
“You’re going to see Cain and Brock fight,” UFC President Dana White said following Saturday’s UFC 116. “Then coming up, dos Santos is going to fight ‘Big Country,’ and the winner of that fight will get the next shot.”
Dos Santos (11-1) won his fifth-straight UFC bout with a first-round knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga at March’s UFC on Versus 1, while The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Nelson (15-4) scored a 39-second TKO of Stefan Sturuve at UFC Fight Night 21 in March for his second-straight win.
UFC 117, which takes place on August 7 in Oakland, California, is headlined by middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, and also features welterweight contenders Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch and Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida.
Pictured: Junior dos Santos