Roy Nelson may have signed a new multi-fight contract with the UFC not long ago, but that doesn’t mean “Big Country” isn’t still going to irritate Dana White from time-to-time. Of course, Nelson has gotten under White’s skin in the past with various comments, and it sounds like the fighter’s post UFC 166 analysis of his loss to Daniel Cormier did just that.
Speaking after the Houston event, here’s what Nelson reportedly had to say about his fight with “DC” (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.”
When informed of the comments, White noted that he tries “so hard” to like Nelson but that:
“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.”
White also praised Nelson, as he has in the past, for his toughness, but clearly the UFC President isn’t on board with the heavyweight’s analysis of the fight.
Now it will be interesting to see who “Big Country” fights next, considering he was coming off a one sided, UD loss to Stipe Miocic in June. Nelson is currently ranked #9 in the division.
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