Roy Nelson agreed to fight this coming Saturday at UFC 161 against anybody the UFC wanted to pair him up with.
He was willing to accept a bout on short notice, but, according to “Big Country,” several others didn’t. Stipe Miocic, who was set to fight in Winnipeg anyway, took on the challenge.
“I wish I had more time to get ready for this fight,” said Nelson, during a recent conference call, “but you do what you have to for the company.”
The former winner of The Ultimate Fighter has climbed higher into the rankings on the power of three straight victories, including a recent knockout of Cheick Kongo. While he may not look like the “typical” MMA fighter, Nelson says he easily could if he decided to take the performance enhancing drug route.
“A lot of fighters use PEDs,” he said. “I don’t. That’s probably why I don’t look like the typical UFC fighter. I represent America! I’m there to break into the mainstream for everybody.”
Since joining the UFC after his knockout of Brendan Schaub, Nelson has gone 5-3. Those three losses have come at the hands of Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir and Junior dos Santos – all via decision.