UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson may not be one of Dana White’s favorite employees but he’s certainly one of the most willing to step up when it comes to filling in on short notice. Not only was Nelson ready to fight Junior dos Santos last month with a week to prepare if necessary, but he also stepped up for a showdown with Stipe Miocic tonight at UFC 161 under similar circumstances.
However, when Nelson checked in on the scale yesterday at 260 pounds fans began wondering how fit the big-bellied brawler was.
“I’m in shape to fight. That’s all everybody knows. I come to give 110% so no matter what I’m gonna go out and give that,” said Nelson in an interview with Fuel TV after weighing in. “Anybody in the UFC, you wish you had a full training camp to get ready…but you gotta do what you gotta do.”
With three straight TKO wins, it may not matter if Nelson is ready to go fifteen hard minutes or not. However, “Big Country” made it clear he’s not gunning for a knockout and is ready for anything Miocic throws his way.
“No, cause I don’t actually look for it. As long as I’m not looking for it, it actually happens,” he explained.
Nelson-Miocic will serve as tonight’s co-headlining clash. Nelson holds an overall record of 19-7 with past wins over Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo. Meanwhile, Miocic is 9-1 and has finished all but one of the opponents he’s beaten.
The full interview with Nelson can be seen below: