Once again, it’s proven the UFC really has it out for the man with the worlds most “amazing beard”. Roy Nelson (19-8) will take on Daniel Cormier (10-0) at UFC 166, October 19th. Dana White’s rhetorical dislike for Roy seems to date back to 2009 on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, when Nelson quickly dispatched his golden money ticket Kimbo Slice. Though, this didn’t completely take the wind out of the slice saga, it likely lost the UFC a lot of money. Ever since it seems like Roy Nelson can’t get a break. Coming off a loss to world ranked #8 Stipe Miocic, Nelson will clash with the Olympian, Cormier, who’s looking nothing short of a world beater. Coming off impressive wins against Jeff Monson, Bigfoot Silva, Josh Barnett, and Frank Mir, you have to wonder what Joe Silva was thinking signing this fight.
Though it’s true that Cormier was pushing hard for this fight, even going as far as to draw up a fake contract which Nelson signed, we still believe this is a bad move on the UFC’s part. Regardless the UFC’s more personal relationship with Roy Nelson, you can’t deny his star power. Daniel Cormier has shown his reluctance to fight for the belt at heavyweight, and has made it clear that he intends to drop to light-heavyweight. It’s challenging to find a reason why the UFC would risk losing a star athlete at heavyweight, to somebody who doesn’t even intend to stay in that weight class. We’ll just have to wait and see what the UFC has up it’s sleeves post UFC 166.