It didn’t take long for speculation to begin on the next opponent for UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson. Fresh off a Knockout of the Night finish of Cheick Kongo at UFC 159, Nelson fielded questions about future fights with two opponents in particular – Daniel Cormier and Mark Hunt – during the post-event press conference.
UFC President Dana White helped spark the conversation by revealing he’d already spoken to the matchmaking team about both bouts.
“Me and Joe Silva never talk about fights the night of the fights, but we talked tonight. And we like Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier; or Roy Nelson – if Mark Hunt wins – Roy and Mark,” explained White to media. “If he wants to get close to the title, those are the guys he’s going to have to face. I know what he wants is a title-shot, and I honestly think he deserves to get a fight with one of the top guys to get him closer to that or to get him that shot.”
MMAWeekly was on the scene and able to capture the conversation.
Hunt is currently scheduled to face Junior dos Santos in a little less than a month at UFC 160. However, Cormier is currently available and apparently interested based on a Tweet he sent out last night. As far as Nelson goes, “Big Country” isn’t too concerned about who he faces next.
“I’m there, whatever. I want to fight the best in the world and fighting Daniel, you know, he’s an Olympian. I’m more than happy to welcome him to the UFC. Mark Hunt, if he can get past Dos Santos, that’s great. If he doesn’t, I’d still fight Mark Hunt because I know the fans want to see that one. I’m all about making everybody happy,” said Nelson on the topic.
Nelson’s win over Kongo improved his record to 19-7 and was his third strike-based stoppage in a row. Seventeen of his victories have featured some form of finish including twelve TKOs.
The 9-7 is a heavy-handed kickboxer with wins in his last four fights including knockouts of Kongo and Stefan Struve. Comparably, Cormier is 12-0 with past triumphs over the likes of Frank Mir, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett.
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