When the UFC added Roy “Big Country” Nelson to “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights,” his arrival was an afterthought due to Kimbo Slice’s appearance on the show. Instead, it was Nelson who dominated Slice and won the entire tournament. Although, if you ask anyone who knows MMA, he was the favorite going in.
“I may not be a Greek God, or what people think a fighter looks like, but I’m definitely a fighter,” Nelson recently told UFC.com.
Never shy about his “physique,” Nelson has quietly implanted himself right into the thick of the UFC’s heavyweight title picture and a win over his UFC 117 opponent could make him the next No. 1 contender.
That’s why he’s taking a risk that not many other 265-pounders have been willing to do, putting it all on the line against a very dangerous Junior dos Santos.
“Dos Santos is the pinnacle of guys in the UFC. He’s the number one contender for sure in the heavyweight division. Nobody wants to fight him in the UFC, hence why I’m here fighting him,” Nelson stated. “I pretty much got an email from Joe Silva asking if I wanted to … actually, not even asking me if I wanted to, but telling me that I was fighting Dos Santos next, and here I am.”