Roy Nelson: TRT ban puts PED abuse back in the dark


Roy Nelson recently conducted an interview with Case Keefer ahead of his fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 39. UFN 39 streams on Fight Pass, Friday, live from Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prelims start at 11:50 a.m. ET, and the four-fight main card starts at 2 p.m. ET.

Case Keefer: What do you think about fighting Nogueira?

Roy Nelson: Everyone wants to fight Nogueira in the UFC because he’s the only one that’s won a Pride belt and a UFC belt. He’s a legend. He’s one of those guys that comes to fight. He’s an old-school guy where he’s going to try to finish the fight regardless in the first round or fifth round. I respect fighters that try to do that instead of play the new game, ‘I can outpoint you for five rounds, three rounds or whatever.’ I like the old school of, ‘We’re in this cage and only one guy is going to leave.’

CK: You described Nogueira as a legend. Do you strive to reach a status like that?

RN: I think, fan base-wise, I’m definitely up there with Big Nog. Everyone knows my name. Roy Nelson is definitely household. I definitely want to leave my mark to where people say, ‘Man I love the way Roy fights,’ and ‘I love the way Roy finishes fights.’ That’s ego as a fighter. You want to leave a little mark on the sport.

CK: You’ve been outspoken about the merits of increased drug testing. What do you make of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s ban of testosterone replacement theory?

RN: The way I look at it is, it just goes back to putting everything back in the dark a little bit more. There was that little loophole that wasn’t really a loophole. If anything, I actually thought it was probably better because you’re not getting the stuff off the black market. It’s probably a little safer for the athlete. If you’re going to cheat, you’re going to cheat.

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UFC FIght Night 39 
Main Card (FightPass)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush
?Prelim Card (FightPass)
Jared Rosholt vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford
Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
Andrew Craig vs. Chris Camozzi
Jim Alers vs. Alan Omer

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Jacinto site profile image  

4/10/14 1:33 PM by Jacinto

He actually is a lot more than you would think if you go back and watch some of his grappling matches when he was lighter. Regardless though i don't think he wants to or will attempt making 205 he has always said he likes eating too much to sacrifice.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

4/9/14 9:19 PM by time traveling 12er

I usually don't agree with Nelson, but in this case I think he's right. 

bigconk74fe site profile image  

4/9/14 9:16 PM by bigconk74fe

The problem is he is not athletic enough for 205.

canuck34 site profile image  

4/9/14 8:34 PM by canuck34

Translation: everyone cheats so if you don't let them cheat they will cheat...only you won't know that they are cheating.

Richie Muldanno site profile image  

4/9/14 7:52 PM by Richie Muldanno

He's right.

Jacinto site profile image  

4/9/14 5:44 PM by Jacinto

No MMA fighters can be thrown in with those names no doubt. Amongst the people i know and have met who don't watch MMA most seem to know of Couture ahead of anyone else.

The Ghost of REED ROTHCHILD site profile image  

4/9/14 6:30 AM by The Ghost of REED ROTHCHILD

You forgot to add... 'Do you want to be a fucking Fighter?'

rkm456 site profile image  

4/9/14 3:42 AM by rkm456

None of the above. No one has transcended the sport enough to have people who don't watch the sport known exactly who they are and what they do. Next time you're talking to some people you know who don't watch MMA rattle off some names and see if they are familiar with who you're talking about, because I can guarantee they'll know who the other 4 I named are. You could probably add Hulk Hogan in their too.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

4/8/14 6:09 PM by ChaosOverkill

Don't lose Roy. Even though you swing for the fences Dana hates your guts and can easily cut you with 3 losses in a row under the "Braaaah he never gonna be the guy braaah, where my gear brahhh? Egg goof fuckface egg brahhhh egg goof braaah!" cover for style, cost and personal issues Dana cuts guys under the pretense of.

Cain Gastelum site profile image  

4/8/14 6:03 PM by Cain Gastelum