Brandon Nelson
Original Season Fresh Meat II
Born November 22, 1983
Hometown Jacksonville, Arkansas
Game Summary
Challenges Fresh Meat II
Battle of the Seasons
Free Agents
Eliminations 7 (3 wins, 4 losses)
Social Media
Twitter BrandonDNelson
Instagram brandondnelson


Fresh Meat II

Bio: This Arkansas native hates losing and wears his emotions on his sleeve. Whether it's anger, sadness or laughter, you never have to wonder what Brandon is feeling. Brandon loves meeting new people and insists that he's very open-minded with people who are different than him. He'll have plenty of chances to prove that when he meets The Challenge's colorful cast of competitors!

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Dirty Mouth Katelynn SAFE
2 I'll Be There For You SAFE
3 Water Logged SAFE
4 King of the Wall DQ

Note: Katelynn and Brandon were disqualified after Brandon consumed alcohol prior to the Exile.


Bio: Last seen getting disqualified for drinking a beer before an Exile on Fresh Meat II, Brandon is convinced that his performance will speak for itself this time around. He confidently explains, "You don't have to get into the politics of backstabbing, lying to people, and cutting deals. I think you can just play the game as hard as you can." That's all well and good, but the name of this game is Cutthroat! Although Brandon isn't Fresh Meat anymore, it sounds like this Arkansas native still has a lot to learn about The Challenge.

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Gas Problems Red Team GULAG
2 Brain Buster GULAG
3 Bed Head WIN
4 Bottleneck Stampede WIN
5 Surf's Up GULAG
6 Sky Hook OUT


Bio: The self-described "whipping-boy" during Cutthroat, Brandon was constantly sent into the Gulag elimination round. Brandon promises, "I was used and abused by my team. But on this Challenge, I'm definitely going to play the political game differently." This Fresh Meat II fan favorite has etched out a reputation as a solid, likable player. But when he's paired up with his worst enemy -- a notorious hothead -- will Brandon be able to keep his cool?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive Ty SAFE
2 Car Crusher SAFE
3 Sync or Swim SAFE
4 Hammock Crawl OUT

Battle of the Seasons

Bio: Our seven Real World teams got a rude awakening when Team Fresh Meat arrived as the "surprise" team on Battle of the Seasons. Brandon, Camila, Eric, and Cara Maria bring toughness and experience to the table, but could their late entrance to the game be a disadvantage? As Cara Maria explains, "Being the surprise team, all it does is single us out, there is nothing good about it." Camila arrives in Turkey fresh off her victory in Battle of the Exes, while Eric went a long way toward shedding his "Big Easy" nickname, losing 70 lbs since his last Challenge appearance. "People wanted to use my size against me and let's just see what people want to say about me now," he boasts. Armed with newfound confidence, Eric unexpectedly finds love with one of the game's biggest divas. Rounding out the team is two-time finalist Cara Maria and veteran Brandon, who hopes to redeem himself after making an early exit on Rivals. "For whatever reason, I always get the short end of the stick when it comes to a team or a partner. I'm back to try to prove that I can lead a team to a Final," Brandon declares. Will Fresh Meat's social game measure up to their muscle? Or will drama derail this dysfunctional bunch?

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Don't Cross Me Camila
Cara Maria
2 Oil Change SAFE
3 Hook, Line and Sinker OUT

Free Agents

Bio: Hampered by poor teams and partners in the past, Free Agents could be Brandon’s best chance for a win. Brandon explains, “I may be the unluckiest person on these Challenges. I always find a way to be on the short end of the stick.” A former college football player, Brandon hopes this individual game will give him the opportunity to show he’s a legitimate athletic threat. Political maneuvering has never been Brandon’s forte, and he believes Free Agents can transform his weakness into a strength, “Not having to worry about kissing ass in the house or being somebody’s friend, it doesn’t matter. You put it all on the field and that’s how I live life.” Will Brandon finally emerge as a force to be reckoned with?

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Out on a Ledge Team Red SAFE
2 Auto Body Rally LaToya SAFE
3 Bar Crawl Team Brandon WIN
4 Bounce Out Team Yellow OUT



Episode Gulag Opponent Result
1 Handcuffs Derek WIN
2 Back Up Off Me JD WIN
5 Pole Me Over Ty WIN
6 Handcuffs Derrick OUT


Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
4 Going Up Ty Kenny OUT

Battle of the Seasons

Episode Arena Partner Opponents Result
3 Knot So Fast Cara Maria Chet OUT

Free Agents

Episode Elimination Opponent Result
4 Oppenheimer Zach OUT


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