UFC 161 could be a career defining bout for “Big Country” Roy Nelson. He’s competing on his final bout of his current contract in the co-main event. He’s competing against Stipe Miocic in a bout that is a guaranteed explosive contest. You would think an extension would be an absolutely sure thing for Nelson but not necessarily.
Roy has always had issues with Dana white in the past. With Roy’s safe cautious approach to his coaching skills on the TUF, to his physique not being one to Dana’s liking. They’ve always been a thorn in each others side.
The only problem is that Roy has looked phenomenal as of late. Knocking out his last three opponents inside of the first round and always makes each one of his fights extremely exciting. Will Zuffa give him the title shot that he feels he deserves?
Dana White said it best a few weeks ago. He needs to defeat a top 5 opponent before earning his shot at UFC gold. Yeah he has three knockout wins but unfortunately they were unranked opponents. Miocic is no different, he’s actually coming off of a loss against a fighter that Nelson defeated in the past. This fight doesn’t scream title contender.
Hopefully Dana and Roy can come to terms to have another contract for the big guy. Fans love him and with the heavyweight division continuing to improve and define itself as the premiere division. Having Nelson in the group is essential.
The winner of this heavyweight fight is more important than what we thought.