UFC heavyweight fighter Roy Nelson will be taking on Junior dos Santos this Saturday at UFC 117 to determine the next number one heavyweight contender. Though the winner will have the imposing task of facing either Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez (depending on the outcome of their UFC 121 bout), Nelson, for one, is more worried about what dos Santos brings to the cage than just about anyone else in the heavyweight division.
“I’m glad to be fighting Junior dos Santos,” Nelson recently told MMAFighting.com. “People might not realize it, but he’s a stud. I think he’s probably the No. 1 guy out there by far.”
Dos Santos has managed to string together a very impressive UFC win streak; with consecutive victories over the likes of Fedor-defeater Fabricio Werdum (KO), Stefan Struve (TKO), Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (Verbal Submission), Gilbert Yvel (TKO), and Gabriel Gonzaga (KO), Nelson’s appraisal of dos Santos might not be too far off. Though it may be hard for some to consider dos Santos the “No. 1 guy out there”, Nelson sees it to be true based on the quality of current champion Brock Lesnar and former number one contender Shane Carwin.
“Carwin, he seems like he trains for five, one-minute rounds,” Nelson said. “That’s his championship fight, apparently. But no, you learn a lot. Like Carwin, he quits. He basically quit with Brock and he tapped out. That means you quit. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Then Brock, you learned that if you don’t give him an opportunity to come back on you, if you don’t give him that hole to come back, he won’t come back. Shane just gave him the chance to come back. He didn’t put him away.”
Nelson also took the time to offer a logical explanation as to why he would rather stay rotund than work for a chiseled physique.
“I mean, look at him,” Nelson said of Carwin. “All that muscle to feed oxygen to, of course he gets tired. You have all that muscle on you, you’re going to get tired. That’s why I prefer to be fat.”
Nelson will take on dos Santos on the main card of this Saturday’s UFC 117 show, which will be broadcast live from The Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. UFC 117 will be headlined by a title fight between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and contender Chael Sonnen.