After recently being rumored to square off against fellow heavyweight Frank Mir at UFC 130, it appeared that Roy Nelson’s legal problems had finally been resolved.
“Big Country” himself has now confirmed that those legal issues have been settled allowing him to return to the Octagon.
MMAWeekly reports that Nelson’s contract dispute with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions has finally been put to rest.
While not revealing any details about the situation, Nelson confirmed that a resolution has been reached.
“All I can simply say is it has finally been settled, and we’ll all just live a happy life because of the legal system in Las Vegas,” Nelson stated. “Depending on how much money you have you can do lots of stuff with the legal system. Probably when I’m done with this I’ll probably become a lawyer just so I can sue people just so I can sue people.”
Square Ring Promotions featured Nelson on it’s “March Badness” boxing/MMA hybrid event in March 2009. “Big Country” lost to Jeff Monson at that event but was selected by the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights later in the year.
Nelson would go on to become the winner of The Ultimate Fighter defeating Brendan Schaub in the finale. Nelson then competed twice for the UFC in 2010, defeating Stefan Struve and then losing to Junior dos Santos this past August.
The boxing/MMA promotion brought litigation upon the UFC and Nelson this past fall, however, causing UFC President Dana White to state that Nelson was contractually bound to another fight organization and would be unable to compete in the UFC until the situation was settled.
Despite not promoting another MMA event since the initial March 2009 event, Roy Jones Jr.’s promotion “claimed rights to match offers for Nelson’s services.”
While many of the details are still widely unknown, Nelson has made it clear that the situation is behind him and he is ready to move on.
“I just want to fight,” Nelson stated.
Nelson is expected to face Mir at UFC 130, set to take place over Memorial Day weekend from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
That event is also expected to feature a main event between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard in a rematch from UFC 125.