Roy 'Country' Nelson aims for title shot at heavy or light heavyweight


Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier fight in just over two weeks at UFC 166. Cormier is heading for 205, as he will not fight AKA teammate and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Earlier this week, Nelson posted an image on his Facebook image that led many to speculate he, too, was heading for lightheavy.

Steph Daniels interviewed Nelson, who confirmed he is indeed dropping weight, and hopes for a title shot, at either heavyweight or light heavyweight.

"I figure that I'll get down to 205 faster than Daniel," said Nelson. "If I beat Daniel, wouldn't I get a title shot? My goal is just to beat Daniel. My goal is to fight the champ. Right now, Daniel is in front of me, so I'm trying to beat everything he does. I'm hearing that if he beats me, he's supposed to get a title shot at 205; he gets to jump to the front of the line. I'm all about jumping to the front of the line. My mode of thinking is that he's number 2, and if I beat him, my next step after that would be to fight for the belt, in either division."

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Durk McGurk site profile image  

10/4/13 2:21 PM by Durk McGurk

I love watching Big Country but he's never fighting for a belt. Not because Dana doesn't like him but because he'll never beat the guys at the top of the division. I hope this changes with a drop to LHW but I still doubt it. With less size comes more speed and makes it less likely he'll land his right hand which is his only chance.Unless... he starts using this ground game we keep hearing about. I'd sure like to see this. Nelson submission win by Flabalanche!

J_Spaceman site profile image  

10/4/13 11:17 AM by J_Spaceman

Can we please start calling him "Medium Country"?

Ben Gardners boat site profile image  

10/4/13 3:55 AM by Ben Gardners boat

Believe it when I see it. Sounds like the usual Nelson trolling like that Facebook likes thing he did.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

10/3/13 11:34 PM by KingofBJJ

LOL! Ben at LHW.

Jug full of P site profile image  

10/3/13 11:32 PM by Jug full of P

Nelson is in no way a gatekeeper.

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

10/3/13 10:35 PM by Pitbull3744

I agree which is why when he gets a few wins Dana throws him in with a killer to end it.

titoscared site profile image  

10/3/13 10:32 PM by titoscared

wtf I don't wanna see Big Country wit a 6 packWhats he gonna rub when he wins

whitejoe site profile image  

10/3/13 10:31 PM by whitejoe

I wonder how skinny Roys speed and movement will differ from fat Roys.

SickEyeDiaz site profile image  

10/3/13 10:24 PM by SickEyeDiaz

He's a fan favorite. More fans = more PPV buys.  If he were to beat the right guys (a big IF), he would certainly get a title shot. Dana's not going to let his salty feelings toward a fighter get in the way of $$$.  

Kirik site profile image  

10/3/13 10:15 PM by Kirik

With Chris away on his honeymoon, I have twice the workload, and am making his errors for him, too, apparently. Apologies for that.