UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier’s name surfaced as a potential opponent for Roy Nelson after “Big Country” knocked Cheick Kongo out last weekend at UFC 159. However, Nelson’s manager quickly came out to shoot down the possibility of Nelson being paired with the unbeaten Strikeforce veteran.
Nelson elaborated on his representative’s reasoning in a recent interview with Bloody Elbow where he also said he’d agree to collide with Cormier as long as a title-shot was on the line…and not one in the division the two talented sluggers currently call home!
“If he’s going down to 205, it doesn’t really make any sense to fight him, unless we’re going to fight for (light heavyweight) contendership. Then hey, we can do that, too,” said Nelson. “I’m comfortable at heavyweight, for sure. In trying to get down to 205, I was very serious when I made that Facebook bet. I ended up winning the bet, so I didn’t have to drop down to 205.”
Cormier, an undersized heavyweight, has spoken about a move down to 205 pounds for the past few months and is expected to get an immediate title-shot if he decides to give it a go. Meanwhile, Nelson’s rotund appearance has inspired many to call for him to slim down as well with the 36-year old teasing the drop last year relating to a wager he’d made with a friend.
Though UFC brass are unlikely to give in to Nelson’s demands, don’t expect the 19-7 TUF winner to hang his head low if the clash with Cormier never materializes. In fact, as long as he’s entertaining the masses he’s not overly concerned with who he’s fighting.
“I just try to go out and put on a show for the fans, regardless of what weight I’m at,” concluded Nelson.
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