Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir dominated Roy Nelson last month at UFC 130 for three rounds en route to a dominant unanimous decision victory. Nelson was tired by the end of the first round and was absolutely gassed by the end of the fight.
“Big Country” later revealed to Sherdog.com that he had been dealing with “walking pneumonia,” citing it as the reason his conditioning wasn’t up to par in the fight, while asserting that “Frank [was] the better man” that night.
Nelson talked more about the illness on yesterday’s episode of MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour, stating, “I knew I wasn’t 100 percent, but the fight still has to go on… The show still has to go on cause we are still entertainment.”
UFC President Dana White was not happy with Nelson’s performance and recently met with the heavyweight to discuss his future plans.
“I thought Roy looked terrible,” White stated after the fight. “I thought it was terrible. I thought it was embarrassing. I don’t know (what Nelson’s future holds). I have a meeting with him… we’ll see what happens.”
Nelson said that he told White in their meeting that he has been fighting in this shape his entire career. As for what else was discussed, Nelson dodged the question and joked that the two discussed movies and what’s good to eat around the UFC offices.
Nelson went on to state that his conditioning for the fight was an isolated incident. He noted that he could have pulled out of the fight with Mir, and may have to consider that in the future.
“I need to be more business savvy, as Rashad [Evans]’ would say, ‘I have a brand to worry about,” said Nelson. “The one thing that always sucks about me is that I’m just a fighter and I just love to fight.”
With the loss to Mir, Nelson’s record dropped to 15-6 and he is 0-2 in his last two outings.