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Roy Nelson, Has There Ever Been a Heavyweight GOAT?

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If one was to ponder on the greatest MMA heavyweight of all time would be, what would they come up with? Fedor Emelianenko will be on the tip of most Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts tongues. However such is not the case with number 9 ranked UFC heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson (20-9) who voiced his opinions for Fox Sports.

Roy believes in the “everybody can have an off day” philosophy, such as Fedor’s incredible 11 fight win streak was halted by current UFC number 1 contender Fabricio Werdum via triangle choke in the first round of their encounter in Strikeforce in 2011. Nelson brings up another occurrence of an “off night” and uses this belief to back his ideology that there is no such thing as a “Greatest heavyweight of all time.”

“I don’t think there’s actually a greatest heavyweight,” Nelson told FOX Sports when asked if Fedor still sat as the king of the mountain. “I think with every heavyweight there’s a style that makes for a different fight with different fighters. Styles always make fights and everybody always has a number.

“Sometimes you have a bad day, sometimes you don’t.”

“The best example would be (Junior) Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez,” Nelson explained. “The first time they fought, Cain got flattened. There’s another two times where Cain made up for it, learned from his mistakes, had a bad day. In our business when you have a chance to fight a guy twice — I’ll let you get one on me but the second time I guarantee I’m going to beat you.”

After Big Country put out his opinion on the GOAT matter he then used the microphone to hype his next contest in the cage.

“The thing is when you’re the most entertaining fighter on the roster, it’s hard to live up, the only thing that’s more anticipated than this Roy Nelson/Mark Hunt fight is Roy Nelson fighting for the belt,” Nelson said. “That’s the only thing that would top this for fans.”

Nelson knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his last outing at UFC Fight Night 39 and will face former Pride heavyweight Mark Hunt (9-8-1) this weekend at UFC Fight Night 52. Hunt is coming off maybe the most exciting heavyweight fight in UFC history in a draw with Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 33.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.