White: Nelson is 'an absolute pain in the ass'


Roy Nelson is a Renzo Gracie black belt in Jiu-Jitsu with knockout power and tremendous wrestling, on a three fight win streak in a division that is notably brutal to stay on top of. And he doesn't get along with his boss.

UFC president Dana White has sarcastically referred to Nelson as "smartest guy on earth."

In return, Nelson now sells t-shirts with the slogan on them.

So is Nelson trying to built an anti-hero image, in the vein of Tito Ortiz?

"He's not doing that," White told Yahoo Sport's Kevin Iole. "He's not. It's nothing he's thought about and is intentionally trying to do. He's not that smart. Let's be honest. He's just not a smart guy. He's just that guy who is irritating. He thinks he's smart, but he's an absolute pain in the ass.

"He jumped up on the Octagon [after beating Kimbo Slice] and said to me, 'Go get me a Whopper,' as if Burger King or McDonald's would ever want to have a guy who looks like that endorsing product. He think's he's funny, but to me, he's an idiot."

As UFC fighters are independent contractors, not employees of ZUFFA, Nelson sees himself, not White, as the boss.

"In a sport like baseball, there are a few players who will stand up, but they do it in, what I guess I'd say, is a politically correct way," said Nelson. "They definitely can get their point across through the media. You have to remember that they're also employees. There's a big difference when you're an employee.

"When you work for yourself, the whole point of working for yourself is that you're the boss. Some people don't understand the sports business. In this business, as an athlete, you're a commodity. If you're a bartender, you can't say certain things because there are a lot of bartenders out there and you could be replaced. It's not hard to replace a bartender. If there was another Roy Nelson, OK, but there is not and so it's harder to replace the athlete. We're not a dime a dozen. Very few people can do what we can do. Very few."

Does the feud between the two mean it will be harder for Nelson to get a title shot?

"Roy loves to say I'll never give him a title shot," said White. "But dude, beat someone and then I'll give you the shot. Roy is knocking off these guys ranked six through 10, but when he gets to fighting the top five guys, he can't do the same thing. You're not going to get a title shot for beating No. 6 and No. 8. You have to beat the top guys."

"Everyone knows how I feel about Roy, and everyone remembers how I felt about Tito. But I never prevented any fight for Tito from happening. If he goes out there and beats the guys ranked head of him, then yeah, he'll get one. But he's not going to get one just by talking about it and doing whatever the hell he is trying to do. He's going to have to fight for it, just like everyone else."

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Roy Nelson fights Stipe Miocic on June 15 at UFC 161 in Winnipeg. Miocic is not in the top 10.
Champion : Cain Velasquez
1     Junior dos Santos
2     Daniel Cormier
3     Fabricio Werdum
4     Antonio Silva
5     Roy Nelson
6     Alistair Overeem
7     Frank Mir
8     Minotauro Nogueira
9     Travis Browne
10     Mark Hunt


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RocketsRedglare site profile image  

6/19/13 7:32 PM by RocketsRedglare

"Cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people."Their death, however, doesn't mean they were replaced.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

6/18/13 6:02 PM by time traveling 12er

I don't see the contradiction here. The reason he doesn't like Roy is because he's a pain in the ass. Generally difficult employees don't get promoted as fast and don't get catered too. What's personal about being annoyed at an employee that's a pain in the ass? Aside from that he thinks Roy would do much better if he took himself more seriously, which is just his opinion.

BJ_Penmanship site profile image  

6/18/13 5:38 PM by BJ_Penmanship

I've seen Roy fights all the way back to his early IFL days, and until his last 3 KO spree he was one of The most boring fighter to watch. He was like fat Ben Askren. Especially on TUF where he displayed his strategy of " I just take em down, put my belly on them and count out pity-pat weakass punches to convince the ref to stop it.." That added to his boorish mouth, yeah, I can see why he's a pain in Dana's ass. He wins just enough to stick around, but isn't impressive enough to make title fights marketable... Even IF he could beat top 5 guys, which he hasn't. So he doesn't belong in comparisons to Tito or Randy because he's Nevar won a big fight, let alone held a title. He also doesn't deserve comparisons to Chael because he didn't juice his way through a title fight and then lie his ass off about having clearance/permission/exemption... And yes, Dana has a history of submarining fighters like him, Fitch, marquart, Miller... Etc. good fighters near the top without a Huge draw. He gives them tougher fights hoping they lose so he won't have to put them in for a belt... And that's where it's in (WAS in) Roy's hands, and where Dana is right: win the fights and you'll get your shot.

BJ_Penmanship site profile image  

6/18/13 5:21 PM by BJ_Penmanship

This plus a VTFU

time traveling 12er site profile image  

6/17/13 11:58 PM by time traveling 12er

As soon as fat people band together to make a politically powerful advocacy group, it'll happen. Bash a gay they'll make you pay.

Cheatachue site profile image  

6/17/13 11:48 PM by Cheatachue

I look forward to the day fighters are suspended for dropping the fat fuck bomb via twitter

Gates of Janus site profile image  

6/17/13 11:21 PM by Gates of Janus

lol, how long until the media tells us that it is unacceptable to make fun of fat ugly people? then fighters will be suspended for making twitter jokes about how fat your mama is?

PoundforPound site profile image  

6/17/13 10:59 PM by PoundforPound

When did this sport become about how people look? It should be about how they perform in the cage.

Jack Carter site profile image  

6/17/13 5:23 PM by Jack Carter

Oh please! "You can look the way you do AND kick ass..... If you take our product!"

JetSetter site profile image  

6/17/13 4:57 PM by JetSetter

NASCAR fans don't even want to look like Roy Nelson. That's why no one wants to sponsor him.