Roy Nelson Is The Barry Sanders Of MMA?


Roy Nelson is comparing himself to Barry Sanders when it comes to a title shot.

“Do I want a shot at the belt? Yes, of course I do. Put it this way, I am Barry Sanders on the Detroit Lions. You love to watch me, but you’ll never see me play in the Super Bowl. It’s just one of those things. It’s about politics. It’s not about fighting.”

If a fighter is on a 3 fight winning streak and those wins were from some intense knockouts you’d expect to see their name mixed in with words like “top contender”, “title shot” and “championship belt.” But that’s not happening with Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Instead they throw him in the cage with hard hitting Miocic, which isn’t even a step in the right direction for Big Country. Miocic isn’t even in the top 10 of the UFC Official standings.

Nelson has this to say:

“I think they’re business people. That’s why Chael fought last month. They don’t want Mark Hunt to win. They want Junior dos Santos to fight Cain Velazquez again. It just makes sense on paper. That fight can make a lot of money. When Overeem got beat by Bigfoot, that kind of messed some things up. I make money no matter who I fight. I stopped trying to think about how the UFC operates. It’s like trying to understand a woman. I don’t know if my management has gotten any phone calls, if they’re working on a fight, or anything like that. I’m always down to fight, but I have management in place to handle those things. My manager makes those decisions so it can be the best for me from a business standpoint, too. If it were up to me, I’d be fighting everybody every week.”

Nelson wants to give the fans what they want, but he also works for an organization and you’re going to do whatever they want too. They’re the ones that sign the checks at the end of the fight.

Nelson doesn’t mind being the Barry Sanders for now, but who knows if that will change down the road if he keeps up this winning streak?