The Ultimate Fighter season ten winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson smells something fishy going on with the current bout schedules for the UFC’s top heavyweights. Nelson spoke with BloodyElbow.com today, and detailed why he thinks Brock Lesnar’s planned stint as a TUF coach is a sham and what he he thinks that has to do with Shane Carwin’s next fight.
“I think Brock Lesnar is done,” Nelson said. “I think Brock doing ‘TUF’ is one way to basically take a situation and make it win-win for him. I think Lesnar doing the show is a way to introduce Junior dos Santos to the American fan base in the way the show does. ‘TUF’ introduces ‘stars in the making’ to the casual UFC fan and while JDS is the number one contender he still needs some help with the American fan base.”
According to Nelson’s theory, Lesnar will be used to attract a large viewership early on and will then abandon his role as coach sometime mid-season, only to be replaced by Carwin or Frank Mir (similar to when Rich Franklin stepped in for an injured Tito Ortiz during TUF 11).
“So the conspiracy basically comes down to the fact that Shane Carwin has no one to fight in June. I think Brock Lesnar will walk off the ‘TUF’ set and then Carwin will take his spot or Frank Mir will come in to ‘save the day’ and fight JDS for title contention,” predicted Nelson. “The reason I believe Frank would be the guy is because Mir is coming off a win and I was already supposed to fight Shane so fans were already hyped to see it. Or Carwin could move in to face JDS and I could still face Frank but it doesn’t really matter to me as to who fights who because all that really matters is the fans want to see me fight somebody. A lot of things could happen over the next six weeks but it seems a bit off that Carwin doesn’t have an opponent right now and all of the top heavyweights are spoken for.”
Nelson, who is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to dos Santos, is currently scheduled to face Frank Mir at UFC 130 this coming May.