Dana White has never been shy about the fact that he doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with Roy Nelson (to put it politely), and following the latter’s loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 166, that appears to be the case once again.
As you likely know, Cormier pretty much cruised to victory last night in Houston, as Nelson was unable to counter the agility, wrestling and offense of “DC” and lost by UD. While discussing what had gone down after the event, here is some of what Nelson had to say (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“He didn’t engage me really,” Nelson said. “That’s not to take anything away from Cormier, but it’s tough to fight like that. He’s a great fighter, but it’s frustrating.”
Alrighty, so what did White think of Nelson’s post-fight analysis?
“He said Cormier wasn’t engaging enough,” White said. “He outwrestled him, and he punched the living s–t out of him. How much more does he want to be engaged? He says some dumb s–t, and he’s very delusional.”
“He says we’ve never given him a title shot when we should have given him a title shot. Every time you get that close to a title shot, you get beat by the best in the world. That’s why you’ve never had a title shot.”
Now the UFC President did credit Nelson for his toughness, which he showcased again last night, and it will be interesting to see who the vet fights next. It’s the first time in a couple of years that Nelson’s lost back-to-back bouts (in 2010-2011 he lost by UD to Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir in consecutive fights).
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