Roy “Big Country” Nelson has a very distinctive look, one that’s grown to include a trademark mountain man beard and a full head of hair. His upcoming UFC 166 opponent Daniel Cormier is not amused though, and is considering asking the athletic commission to make sure that mess of hair is kept in order.
“The thing about the beard is it doesn’t seem to be well-kept, so I’m going to request that there’s a rubber band in it and that it comes straight down,” Cormier said at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session. “Also, I’m going to ask that they put his hair in two plaits off to the side. Part it down the middle, plait it on the sides. I don’t want it all in my face.”
While it’s not an issue that comes up very often in the UFC, it does make a certain amount of sense. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will oversee UFC 166, and their official rules state that that “each contestant must be clean and present a tidy appearance.”
To what extent that applies to Nelson’s beard won’t be determined until Cormier files an official request.
UFC 166 will go down at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on October 19, 2013. The undefeated, 12-0 Cormier will be looking to advance one step closer to a title shot with a win over Big Country. Cormier is just 1-0 in the UFC right now, but a string of wins over fighters like Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett in Strikeforce have placed him at number two in the UFC’s heavyweight top 10.
Roy Nelson meanwhile will need to bounce back strong after a recent loss to #10 ranked heavyweight Stipe Miocic. Prior to that, he put down Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione, and Dave Herman in a row, all via KO/TKO, elevating him to #9 on the official rankings. He is currently 19-8, and 6-4 in the UFC.
Regardless of the result though, Cormier plans to drop a weight class after the fight, and he’s already been preparing to fight at 205.
“I’m going to go down regardless,” Cormier said. “I’ve already kind of started. I’ve been lighter. I’m 228, 227 pounds now, and I feel good. I feel fast, and it’s something I want to do.
“I’ve got two young kids now, and I want to try and live a little healthier,” he added. “I was kind of opposed to dieting for a long time, and now I’m doing those types of things.”