Roy Nelson has been known to grab headlines throughout his career not only by devastating opponents in highlight reel fashion, but by making pretty intriguing or candid comments. As a result, of the few fighters out there who would be completely honest about the fact that their training camp wasn’t great, “Big Country” would be one of them.
“This has actually probably been the crappiest camp I’ve ever had, so it is what it is” said Nelson, who recently signed a new, multi-fight deal after losing by unanimous decision to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161.
See? Of course there’s a chance Nelson could just be saying that, but apparently his boxing coach Jeff Mayweather has been ill and in addition:
“I still had some of my core guys, but I lost (Muhammed) Lawal,” Nelson said. “I lost Ryan Martinez. … He broke his hand. It was one of those camps where anything that possibly could’ve happened, happened. You just deal with it. I’ve been in the game long enough to know what I’m supposed to do and put the work in.”
Nelson went on to promise that he’ll still “put on a show” and also said that dropping out was never an option. Now it will be interesting to see how the noted slugger performs against Cormier, who didn’t become the UFC’s #2 ranked heavyweight by accident. Not only is he an extremely agile heavyweight with a solid striking game, but of course, his wrestling creds are well documented. If Nelson wins it will be a big upset, and it could move him back into the title shot mix (he’s currently ranked #9).
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