At 37, Roy Nelson may be reaching the end of his career, but he clearly is thinking long-term.
Not only did he apply to be the next executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but now he’s thinking of jumping from the cage to the broadcast booth.
“Yeah, I’m always interested in furthering our sport,” he told host MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani. “Like, I would love to be a correspondent newsperson, somebody who informs the fans a little bit more and able to bring a little more closure to our sport where it’s more of a black and white as opposed to the gray area.”
Nelson is MMA’s lovable bear, a burly man, with power in his big fists and a belly to match. Nelson surprised many when he applied for the director’s job, a spot not envisioned for ex-MMA fighters.
Nelson is coming off an October decision loss to the undefeated Daniel Cormier. He said Cormier doesn’t have the most exciting style.
“I don’t prefer to watch his style,” he said. “I like it from a technical standpoint, but from that hardcore fighter standpoint where I want to see someone go out in a blaze of glory, he’s not going to be that guy. If he’s up two rounds, he’s going to play it safe. Stuff like that.”
Nelson will fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on April 11 in the UFC’s return to Abu Dhabi.
Nelson, 19-9, holds KO victories over Kimbo Slice, Matt Mitrione, Stefan Struve and Mirko Filipovic.