The Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson has yet to speak out on any possible move to the 205-pound division since his loss to Frank Mir earlier this year.
But, training partner Dan Hardy doesn’t think any such drastic weight loss is in the future for “Big Country,” according to comments made by Hardy, who is training for a fight Sunday against Chris Lytle at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.
“It’s not a realistic option for him,” Hardy said. “He would really have to change everything about his lifestyle and his fighting style in order to be a 205-pounder. I know that he doesn’t look in the best shape of all fighters in the heavyweight division, but the reality is he’s a very big guy… he’s dropped 20 pounds since the last fight. He is making an effort, he was 249 after training the other day.
“If you consider he was cutting to get to 265 before, it has made a difference. But he’s just not got the frame to fight at 205. Even if you stripped all the excess weight off he’s still going to be around 230. With a slow progression in his training and changing a few things, I think he can become a bigger heavyweight and be more athletic at the same time.”
Nelson was riding a two fight UFC win streak and was primed to move into title contention before back-to-back losses to Junior dos Santos and Mir left many questioning if he could compete with the top-level heavyweights.
Nelson is slated to face Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 137 in October.
UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle takes place this Sunday, August 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.