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Win or lose, Roy Nelson just wants to have fun

Roy “Big Country” Nelson is a kid at heart. From his unusual-for-an-MMA-fighter bell, to the way he presents himself, Nelson is certainly one of a kind.

Saturday night, Nelson will try to slip back into the win column when he takes on Dave Herman in a main card bout at UFC 146.

After a loss to Fabricio Werdum in his last bout, Nelson knows he needs to win to stay relevant in the UFC. That, however, isn’t his only mission.

“In our sport, it’s definitely entertainment first. If we weren’t selling ratings, we wouldn’t be on TV,” said Nelson during the recent UFC 146 pre-fight press conference. “As long as fans are happy, it doesn’t really matter (if I win or lose).”

While Nelson may feel that way, it is obvious that wins and loses do determine if you remain in the UFC. The former Ultimate Fighter winner has also come under heavy scrutiny for his weight, which he seems to be lowering with each passing fight.

The 35-year-old is just 1-3 in his last four fights since claiming two straight knockout victories over Stefan Struve and Brendan Schaub. Nelson is 16-7 in his MMA career.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Roy looked to be in good shape during the press conf.

    Can’t say the same for his beard and hair….

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Yeah, his current hair style make him look like a 50+ year old bush hermit.

    Still, rooting for Big Country to get back on track with a win. I think I like him more because he’s anything but the type of employee Dana wants.

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  • MickeyC says:

    If Roy were loose, I could see him as a SF cross over. Showtime is owed a couple heavy weight fights& they could sell him VS either barnet or their new champ.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Or he drops to light heavyweight and fights for their title after coming off a loss.

    This is Strikeforce.

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  • While I’ve come to grudgingly accept Roy wont ever be hw champ i think we should be talking about what Herman should do after HIS loss as he’s in way over his head in this fight. If Stefan dropped Herman with a punch I think Roy might send him to 2013 with his big nasty right hand

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Seriously, Barnett and Cormier are top 10 HWs and Nelson cant beat anyone in the top 20. Nelson should be fighting Thompson in Russia.

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