UFC heavyweight fighter Roy “Big Country” Nelson came up short in a bout against heavy handed Brazilian Junior dos Santos that would determine the next man in line to challenge for the UFC heavyweight title. Nelson gutted it out over three rounds with dos Santos and absorbed a beating that would make most sore just from watching. Now, “Big Country” goes back to the drawing board and dos Santos goes on to fight the winner of the upcoming Cain Velasquez-Brock Lesnar fight for the UFC heavyweight title. A fight that, when it goes down, Nelson says he will put his money on dos Santos regardless of which man the young Brazilian faces.
“I think if any of the two, Brock or Velasquez, try to stand with him, they’ll probably get knocked out,” said Nelson.
For his own part, Nelson told the MMA Live crew that he would like to face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his next bout, not so much for the competition as for the implications that come when facing “Big Nog.”
“I wanna fight Nogueira,” Nelson said with a smile. “I guess apparently everybody that fights Nogueira gets a title shot right after their next fight. So, like, When Frank [Mir] beat him or when Velasquez beat him. So I guess Nogueira would be the next logical choice for me.”
“Big Country” won’t be stepping back into the cage against anyone very soon though, as he revealed during his appearance that he will soon be undergoing knee surgery.
“I’m gonna be going under the knife so next time I wrestle I’ll be much better,” said Nelson. “I’m gonna get my knee cleaned up and probably some repair done.”
Nelson offered a timetable for his return and stayed positive about being able to get back into the title picture.
“Hopefully right after Frank Mir and Nogueira go after it [at UFC 119 on September 25th. Nogueira has been replaced by Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic due to injury] then I can get Nogueira and get right back in the title [hunt],” he said.