Roy Nelson has a lot to gain on Saturday night.
Winner of season ten of The Ultimate Fighter, “Big Country” is facing former heavyweight champ Frank Mir in a bout that should place the winner squarely in the queue for title contention. Having shared the same stomping ground for their entire lives and also having faced off in a few grappling competitions over the years, Nelson is very familiar with his opponent.
During a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Savage Dog Show, Nelson detailed what he must avoid if he hopes to walk away with the victory at UFC 130.
“I think Frank wants to pretty much fight his pace,” Nelson said. “As long as you fight his pace, I think he can be more of a sniper and pinpoint his striking. Then if it gets down to the ground, then it’s one of those things: As long as you play his pace, I think it’s definitely a fight that you play right into Frank’s hands.”
The definition of a “blue collar fighter,” Nelson simply plans to show up and do his best with all of the tools he was worked hard to hone, content to leave the proof in the pudding.
“My edge is usually just if I’m the better fighter,” he said. “I like to do what God gave you and go, ‘Let’s see if I’m the man.'”
Nelson takes on Mir this Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill, which goes down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Don’t forget to revisit FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.