Since Roy Nelson has lost three of his last five fights, and is ranked #10 at heavyweight, some would say he’s a way out from a title shot. But, the heavy handed slugger has a different take on the situation.
Nelson is booked to fight Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 90 on July 7th, after earning a UD win over Jared Rosholt in February. Recently Nelson appeared on “The MMA Hour” to discuss the upcoming bout, but he was also asked to weigh-in on Stipe Miocic’s recent, title cinching win over Fabricio Werdum.
“He did the point fighting with me too,” Nelson said. “He ran. You can actually see him, you know, like the people who are track stars. But I would love to fight Stipe again, especially now, because he’s the champ, and with a full camp. I would love a full camp.”
How about that? Miocic fans likely see things a wee bit differently, in terms of the “point fighting” argument. “Big Country” fought Miocic on short notice back in 2013, and lost via unanimous decision. As a result, Nelson also put forth this:
“Stipe has the belt, then Stipe,” Neslon said. “I just think the UFC owes it to me to give me a full camp to beat him up. But I’m not worried about that right now. All I care about is Derrick.”
Any fighter in Nelson’s situation would want the same. Is it going to happen anytime soon, however? Not likely.
Miocic will likely be tapped to fight Alistair Overeem next. At UFC 200, Travis Browne will take on Cain Velasquez, and if the latter wins, he’ll be in the title shot mix too.