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UFC FN 75: Roy Nelson Says Opponents Have Been Playing The “Tag Game”

Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson has gone 1-4 in his last 5 fights, and according to the punishing slugger, it’s because his opponents are playing a form of tag…

Nelson is preparing to fight Josh Barnett at UFC Fight Night on September 26th, which will go down in Saitama, Japan. The bout will mark the first time Nelson has fought since March, when he was outscored by Alistair Overeem, and lost via unanimous decision.

Recently Nelson spoke to AXS TV about the upcoming bout, and when asked about what he thinks Barnett will bring on fight night, he stated this (quote via MMA

“I think Josh, personally, will try to be wherever he thinks the fight is going to be best for him,” said Nelson. “The safest would probably [be] to try to work for submissions, but everybody lately that I’ve been fighting is they play the tag game and run. Just kind of like the last UFC fight where no one is trying to play the finish game, they might just try to play the tag game and run and just win the rounds versus win the fight.”

Nelson is likely right in saying that Barnett’s safest path to a win is┬áprobably by hunting for a sub, as “The Warmaster” is a bit of an expert in that department. That said, Mr. Nelson is a black belt in BJJ, so…

And as far as Nelson’s arguments that his recent opponents have been looking to score rounds, rather than finish him? Three of his last four losses have been via UD; however, Daniel Cormier, Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem would likely insist they were looking to take Nelson out.

Barnett, meanwhile, is fighting for the first time since December, 2013, when he was KO’d by Travis Browne. Prior to that Barnett stopped fellow, former champ Frank Mir.


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