Manager: ‘Nothing’ for Nelson in Cormier fight
Saturday night Roy Nelson knocked out Cheick Kongo, in the first. This follows a KO of Matt Mitrione in the first, and Dave Herman, in the first.
In a pre fight interview, Nelson expressed the hope that a big win over Kongo would earn him a title shot, something he was willing to wait for.
UFC President Dana White post fight that he had discussed with matchmaker Joe Silva who’s next for Nelson, and they determined it would Daniel Cormier or Mark Hunt.
Cormier beat Frank Mir recently, and Hunt fights Junior dos Santos next month.
“If he wants to get to the title shot, those are the guys he deserves,” White said.
“Hey @danawhite ur right,” tweeted Cormier. “I think Roy nelson and I would be a damn good fight. How about it @roynelsonmma.”
However, speaking on UFC Tonight Tuesday, Ariel Helwani related that Roy Nelson’s manager Mike Kogan was going to advise his client not to take the fight against Cormier, if indeed one is offered. Kogan said a fight with Cormier makes no sense for Nelson.
Kogan had specific ideas about who he wants for his client:
•Antonio Silva, if Silva loses to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 160; or,
•Either the winner or loser of UFC 160’s co-main event between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt.
In a twist, Nelson himself said he would take a Cormer fight.
“@arielhelwani you should always come to the horse,
” tweeted Nelson. “If I have to go through DC to get my belt! I will. @mikekogan”
So who do you think would be best for Nelson to fight next? Why?