Roy Nelson (18-1) realizes that at 36-years-old, he’s no longer part of the young generation of fighters. Despite this, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner and recent coach of the show sees his plenty of miles left on his career.
“If I could be like Randy Couture or Dan Henderson or Chuck Liddell, that would be great,” said Nelson to Bloody Elbow. “There’s a lot of guys that do well into their 40’s, so I’ve got another good three years, for sure. If I wanted to be like Randy, then I’ve got another five or six. I’m thinking I’ve got another 10 year.”
Of the three names mentioned, Couture retired at 47 and Liddell at 41. Henderson still competes for the UFC at 42.
Nelson just finished coaching TUF opposite of Shane Carwin (12-2). Matt Mitrione (5-2), who was a fellow contestant alongside Nelson on the show in 2009, stepped in to face Nelson after Carwin was injured. Nelson stopped Mitrione in the first round to improve his UFC record to 4-3.