It’s no secret that Roy Nelson has a way of getting under Dana White’s skin, but their past issues aside, the UFC did re-up the fighter recently to an extensive multi-fight deal. The signing may have surprised a few people, but obviously both parties agreed that continuing to work together is mutually beneficial. Case in point, Nelson will take on Daniel Cormier at UFC 166, in what’s a pretty interesting and important fight.
White was recently asked about how the negotiations went with Nelson, and after sarcastically saying they were “awesome”, the UFC President relayed (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“It’s never easier or harder,” White said. “It’s just the same.”
“Roy has this belief that we won’t give him a title shot,” White said. “We just won’t do it.”
The ZUFFA exec also added that Nelson’s “never beat the guys” he needs to in order to lock up a title shot. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened, if Nelson had KO’d Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, of course, that did’t happen. Prior to the one sided, UD loss, Nelson had stopped Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman in consecutive bouts. None of them are currently ranked in the top ten.
Considering the loss to Miocic, one would think that even if Nelson goes out and KO’s the #2 ranked Cormier, a title shot may not be next. “Big Country” will be awfully close though.