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Cormier: Forcing Nelson to Trim Beard Part Strategy

Kelsey Mowatt

Roy Nelson

Heading into his UFC 166 scrap with fellow heavyweight contender Roy Nelson, Daniel Cormier has relayed he plans on petitioning Texas officials to have the vet clean up his massive beard.  Of course, Cormier has said he doesn’t want to have Nelson’s soggy facial hair in his face all night, but it’s also well known that there’s bit of history between the two going into the fight.

In a recent interview with MMA, Cormier was asked about his plans regarding Nelson’s beard, and “DC” acknowledged that part of it’s to get “Big Country” off his game.

“(He’s been) kinda messing with me up top and in my head and everything, so there’s something there with that beard. He only had it for a reason. He likes having it, so why not make him shave it, and take that comfort zone away from him?”

“It’s kind of tactical,” Cormier said before adding,  “And also I thought those guys (who were forced to shave at UFC 165) in Canada looked nice, man. Everybody is nice and clean, and like professional athletes.”

At the end of the day, Nelson will need to worry about what Cormier’s bringing, rather than whether his beard is nicely groomed or not. It’s a pivotal bout for both, as Cormier is a huge favourite and Nelson needs a win following his one sided loss to Stipe Miocic.

UFC 166 will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center and will feature Velasquez-dos Santos III in the main event.

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