I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is Dana White is rethinking Lesnar-Mir III, but not because of all the comments fans leave on this site and others like it. He’s reconsidering because of all the messages he has received on Twitter. Apparently, Twitter and the internet are two different things.
“People have been saying on my Twitter that they’re not happy with that fight,” White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “It’s something I need to re-think.”
“I usually don’t gauge things by the Internet; the internet is [expletive] stupid,” White said. “My Twitter I do.
“On my Twitter, there’s 1.2 million people that care about this thing and everything else, and you don’t get the goofy [expletive] that you get in the Internet.”
I don’t really get how the opinion of fans who frequent websites like this one don’t matter as much as the ones who follow him on Twitter do, but whatever, at least he’s listening to somebody in this instance.
Anyways, on to the bad news. Just because we may be spared having to watch Lesnar maul Mir again doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to get Brock Lesnar vs. Roy Nelson next, or even Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson for that matter.
According to White, “Big Country” is going to be on the bench for awhile until he gets his contract mess with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Inc. straightened out. As you may remember, SRI filed suit against the UFC and Nelson for alleged contractual interference a few months back. Apparently, the situation is still unresolved.
UFC president Dana White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Nelson (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is currently contractually bound to another fight promotion.
As such, he won’t be seen inside the octagon until he is in the clear from his previous employer.
“These guys go out and sign with these rinky-dink little promotion companies and sign these bad contracts, and let’s just say Roy Nelson is involved in a bad contract right now that he had before,” White said. “There’s a couple of different organizations out there that do it.”
“There’s organizations that are locking these guys up to the old-school boxing contracts,” White said. “The contracts that King and those guys were doing back in the 60s, 70s and 80s where they have options on top of their options – so your contract never ends with these guys. “
What’s odd is Nelson still fought Junior dos Santos after the suit was filed, and was initially booked to fight Shane Carwin on Jan. 1 before ultimately being pulled from the card because of Carwin’s back surgery. I’m not sure why Nelson was allowed to fight then, but not now. There must have been some recent developments that put Nelson on the sidelines indefinitely.
Bummer. With Nelson likely out of the running, who should Brock Lesnar fight next?