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.
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