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Light Heavyweight Could Be In Roy Nelson’s Future For His Retirement Fight

Roy Nelson was thinking about conducting a little contest to see if he should move to light heavyweight for a fight. However, when the UFC came calling to meet Antonio Silva, “Big Country” had no option but to remain a heavyweight.

Nelson and Silva were on hand during a press conference to promote UFC 146 on Tuesday. The former winner of Ultimate Fighter discussed the bet he made on Facebook with a friend that would have seen him drop to 205 if he received 100,000-plus likes in less than two weeks.

Actually, the ‘likes,’ I got like 80,000 in a day, so I like to think I’m well liked, but a lot of people as soon as they found out I was fighting at heavyweight, they didn’t want me to drop down, they wanted me to stay at heavyweight. I think they just like to see me fight.

Nelson added that he isn’t giving up on light heavyweight completely, adding that he could pull a Chuck Liddell/Randy Couture and compete at 205 for his retirement fight.

In Silva, Nelson will be facing yet another top-level heavyweight. “Bigfoot” is training with former Nelson opponents Fabricio Werdum and Junior dos Santos, so Silva will likely have a very sound plan of attack when they two enter the Octagon.

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