Roy “Big Country” Nelson became a free agent when his UFC contract expired. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 (snapping a three-fight win streak), Nelson has the kind of power that brings much needed momentum to a card full of long grueling decision fights.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was approached by sherdog after Bellator 96. He has not spoke with the knockout-punching heavyweight, but he is a big fan.
“If you’re an MMA fan, you’re a Roy Nelson fan. He does great numbers on TV, he’s a spectacular heavyweight. Probably one of the top 10 heavyweights in the world, top 5 or 6 in the UFC. But no, we haven’t had any conversations. I’m a fan, it’s hard not to be.”
Nelson hasn’t had the best relationship with UFC President Dana White. That doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in keeping him on the roster, though, all six of his wins in the Octagon have come by knockout.
Rebney says they’re very careful about the legal ramifications in the UFC fighters’ contracts, and from his understanding, Nelson is in an exclusive negotiation with the UFC. So there’s nothing for them to discuss at this point.
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