Does anybody want a UFC Heavyweight Title shot more than Roy “Big Country” Nelson (20-9)?
Signs point to no. The 250 pound Nelson is only 7-5 in the UFC and if he wins Saturday night in Japan against Mark Hunt (9-8-1) he will only have won 2 fights in a row. However, that doesn’t stop Roy from campaigning for a fight with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.
In an interview with Fox Sports Wednesday night, Roy had a lot on his mind about a future title shot and unleashed his opinions on Velasquez. He stated that a duel with Cain would be comparable to the biggest possible match-up in boxing right now and suggested a light conspiracy is involved.
“Don King would be clamoring here,” Nelson said. “This is the fight we need to happen. It’s like Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. They just don’t want to make it happen. I think Cain Velasquez has only fought the same guy over and over the last couple of years, because they don’t want to change (the champion),” Nelson said.
Nelson goes on to prod the issue of Velasquez’s injuries in his career as well as the tattoo across Cain’s chest that reads “Brown Pride”. Whether Roy was being humorous or stating real issues he has with the champion is up for debate.
“I think any time you’re the champ, you just want to live it up,” Nelson said. “If I was the champ, I’d call it a day. ‘I’ve got pigeon toe. Oh, my toe is hurting, I can’t fight.’ … I’ve gotta make fun of (Velasquez) — ‘Oh, my shoulder hurts. Oh, my butt hurts. “I can put ‘White Pride’ on my chest,” Nelson said with a laugh. “He has his ‘Brown Pride’ on his chest. Wait, that isn’t the same thing, is it?”
Roy finally admitted his lust for the belt has nothing to do with a win or loss this weekend. He will still inquire about a taste of UFC gold.
“If I lose to Mark,” Nelson said, “I’d still ask for Cain or whoever has the belt.”
In his last outing, Roy dismantled long time heavyweight MMA staple Rodrigo Nogueira via devastating first round knockout at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi. Will he come away with the same fortunes in Japan?