After Roy Nelson was badly outgunned by Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 to close out his last UFC contract, more than a few people believed “Big Country’s” run with the promotion was done. Not only has Dana White been repeatedly critical of the “smartest guy on earth” in the past, but prior to UFC 161, Nelson criticized the promotion’s latest offer.
Of course, at the end of the day, Nelson is coming back to the UFC and will take on Daniel Cormier at UFC 166 on October 19th. While it was looking like more recently that Nelson was heading back to the UFC, MMA Junkie.com is reporting that the outspoken heavyweight has signed a long term deal.
How long? According to Nelson’s manager Mike Kogan, the feared slugger’s new deal is for 9 fights. That means the 37 year-old fighter may still be fighting out this contract when he’s 40. Kogan reportedly didn’t disclosed any financial figures, but it’s pretty likely that if Nelson had bombed out Miocic to record his fourth straight stoppage, the numbers would have been higher.
While things are always more interesting when Nelson’s in the picture, he’s definitely facing a tough test in Cormier next. If Nelson wins, however, then he’s be back in the title shot mix.
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