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MMA Musing: Roy Nelson irks me
Speaking of performance enhancers, one guy who is not using PEDs is obviously Roy Nelson. Here is my take on the fat man.
I don’t get Roy Nelson. I have never really been a fan. Mind you, I try and keep the fanboy out of the equation and try to be as impartial as possible. Yet, there is something about Roy Nelson that just irks the hell out of me. In some ways I agree with what Dana White says about Roy not being the smartest kitten on the block. If growing your hair long and being fat is a great way to market yourself in the UFC, why haven’t more guys done it? The reason being is because it’s stupid. Pure and simple.
I don’t want to take anything away from Roy. He is fighting in the UFC and has some wins under his belt. At times he surprises us all with some sort of knock-out, so I will give him that. What is frustrating for so many is that there probably was some God given talent in that man, and for whatever reason his true potential was never realized. He was once a great Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, and he is a one trick pony in the stand up game. I love how people go on and on about how he is a black belt in BJJ, yet we have never seen him use it in the Octagon. In fact he hasn’t submitted anyone since 2006.
I almost laughed when Dana White said that “Big Country” Nelson is a well-rounded fighter. He’s round alright. From a skill standpoint we have never really seen Roy use his “legendary” Jits, nor have I seen anything in his stand up game that makes him dangerous. Yes he has knock-out power but any fighter worth their salt, knows how to avoid a guy with one dangerous right hand. Cue Stipe Miocic at UFC 161. Miocic put on a striking clinic and had no problems keeping his distance from Roy’s telegraphed punches.
When Roy has fought anyone with any degree of stand up prowess, Big Country has become a giant punching bag. How anyone thought Nelson was a top contender because he KO’ed an over the hill, heavyweight gate keeper in Cheick Kongo, is beyond me. People have short memories and forget that he got beat up badly by Junior Dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir. Sure Roy can take a punch, but does that make him a top five heavyweight? He keeps talking about wanting to fight Cain Velasquez. Good Luck!
Roy looked horrible in his final fight on his UFC contract. Although Dana White is saying all the right things about wanting to resign Roy, you have to wonder if the Nevada native is looking elsewhere. What baffles me is according to White, Nelson was offered a contract extension a couple of months ago and failed to resign. Also, apparently a while back, Nelson complained to the UFC about still being on his TUF contract and so when Joe Silva decided to offer him more money, Nelson turned it down because it apparently “wasn’t enough.” So he decided to stay on his TUF contract.
You have to wonder if Roy is looking elsewhere to either start a bidding war, or if maybe he still has grand illusions of being a professional wrestler. Yes apparently Roy Nelson still has the dream of professional wrestling and would like to compete in MMA and perform in the wrasslin’ ring. The only organization that could offer him that is Bellator. “King Mo” Lawal and Rampage Jackson all got similar deals with Bellator and Impact wrestling on Spike TV. Is Roy Nelson next? Something tells me that Roy wants a Bellator offer before seeing what the UFC will offer him. It might sound like a smart idea, but this is Roy Nelson we are talking about. It will probably back fire. I think DW said it best,
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He’s got a hell of a chin, and can knock people out, and he ain’t going to be winning any f@$%king spelling bees any time soon. Okay? Not the smartest man you will ever meet.
If Roy Nelson has fought his final fight in the UFC, I say good riddance.
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