Dana White says “no” to a title shot for Roy Nelson even if he ends up beating Stipe Miocic.
Nelson has an interesting situation coming his way at UFC 161. It’s his first time fighting in Canada and it’s his last bout on his current UFC deal. Dana White even said he made it on the card because of that reason of his contract running out. After this bout, Nelson is in for some interesting negotiations with the UFC.
“This is his last fight, and this is why he’s on this card. We had to get him this fight before his contract expires in July. So we’ll see what happens.”
One thing that’s not on the negotiating table is a title shot though. “If he beats Stipe, he’s not next in line,” White has said. But if Nelson wins, he’s got a pretty damn good reason to ask to be next in line. Winning at UFC 161 gives Big Country four straight victories, three of those were by knockout in the first round. Why wouldn’t he be next in line?
Here’s the rundown: He knocked out Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 just mins in the fight, stopped Mitrione at TUF 16 Finale and dropped Dave Herman in only 51 seconds at UFC 146 about a year ago.
White also knows that negotiations with Nelson will add some hick ups along te way too.
“If he wins, he’s going to say all kinds of stupid s–t. That’s what we’re used to. I’m used to him saying stupid s–t. Is it ever easy to negotiate with Roy Nelson? If he loses Saturday, he’ll be tough to deal with. If he loses five in a row, he’ll be tough to deal with.”
The thing that could hurt Nelson is his relationship with Dana White. They’ve been at odds before, not for his ablility in the octagon but of his appearance and things he’s said.
“Roy Nelson knocked out Cheick Kong with a punch to the neck. The guy hits hard, he’s got an unbelievable chin, his wrestling is great and he’s a great jiu-jitsu guy. Grooming? Not so well. Watching his weight? Not great. But everywhere else … people love him because he’s a fighter and he’ll go out there and fight anybody. He took this fight, didn’t know who he was going to fight. He’s a guy who will go out and fight and try to knock your head off, and that’s what fans love. And they probably love him because I don’t.”