Roy Nelson is either preparing the fans and the media for a disappointing performance on Saturday night against Daniel Cormier, or he’s just brutally honest.
Either way, the fight hasn’t even started yet, but things don’t look good for “Big Country.” Nelson said in a recent interview that the camp for Cormier has been the worst ever.
“This has actually probably been the crappiest camp that I’ve ever had,” Nelson told MMAfighting.
His head boxing coach Jeff Mayweather left the camp because he suffered a mild heart attack and was later diagnosed with diabetes.
Then it got worse.
“I lost [training partner Muhammed ‘King] Mo’ Lawal. I lost Ryan Martinez, because in Bellator he broke his hand. It was just one of those camps where anything possibly that could’ve happened, happened. So you just kind of deal with [it]. I mean, I’ve been in the game long enough to know what I’m supposed to do and put the work in. And at the end of the day, that’s what it is.”
King Mo is friends with both Cormier and Nelson.
Nelson will battle Cormier in what will likely be Cormier’s last fight at heavyweight. Cormier is hoping to deflate Nelson and then drop down to light heavyweight to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Cormier, the No. 2 ranked heavyweight in the world, is moving to light heavyweight because he refused to fight his friend and training partner Cain Velasquez, the UFC heavyweight champion.
Nelson won three straight fights before he lost by decision to Stipe Miocic in June. Nelson has been consistently good throughout his career, but he has lost most of his big fights, coming up short against Frank Mir, Junior Dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum and Andre Arlovski. The rugged, burly Nelson has slimmed down for his fight with Cormier, and is looking to derail the Cormier freight train. Cormier is 12-0 and hasn’t been seriously challenged in any of his professional fights.