Prior to adding Roy Nelson to the cast for next season’s Ultimate Fighter, UFC President Dana White was rumored to have said that Nelson would never be a part of the UFC. The alleged reason was that Nelson did not fit the physical prototype of what White was looking for.
At 6′ and 250 lbs, Nelson does not always appear to be in peak physical condition. However, Nelson has a 13-4 record and was the IFL heavyweight champion when the promotion folded.
His inclusion on TUF may have surprised some but not White. He said that he never made any negative statements about Nelson.
“That’s not true,” White said. “That was never a thing – ‘Roy, you’re too fat. You can’t fight in the UFC.’ That’s not true.”
As one of the favorites to win the upcoming season, Nelson now has a chance to make a big impact in the UFC, and by adding Nelson to the show, White makes it almost impossible not to believe his side of the story.