Heavyweight Roy Nelson was happy to step up on short notice and help the UFC out when the organization saw two of the featured fights at UFC 161 fall apart due to injury. However, after Saturday night, it may not matter considering Nelson could very well end up a free agent after the outing rather than a competitor the organization opts to retain.
As it turns out, Nelson’s match-up with Stipe Miocic will mark the final clash on the Ultimate Fighter winner’s original contract. Still, despite being offered an extension, “Big Country” is happy to let things play out rather than eliminate the risk of losing his spot on the company’s roster.
The 36-year old recently explained his rationale to the Las Vegas Sun, stating, “You’re working for a business and you’re getting paid $30 an hour, but you’re working for them and you’re an electrician and they’re charging $150 an hour. It doesn’t quite make sense.”
As far as how things will play out with the UFC, Nelson is letting his management take care of the issue instead of concerning himself with matters outside of the Octagon.
“I have no idea. I have people for that,” Nelson responded when asked about negotiations.
Nelson and UFC President Dana White have bumped heads on a handful of occasions, adding to fans’ concern about the possibility of the promotion wiping its proverbial hands clean of the rotund rumbler. Then again, with three straight first-frame knockouts behind him and another win potentially on the horizon, Nelson’s stock has never been higher.
Fans can catch what could be Nelson’s last fight in the UFC on the PPV portion of Saturday night’s show.
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