White: Hunt or Cormier next for Nelson

Sunday, April 28, 2013

In Roy Nelson’s eighth fight, he knocked out Vin Lucero. As Lucero’s lights went out, a light apparently went on in Nelson’s head – you could win by knocking someone out. Of Nelson’s six wins before Lucero, five were by submission, one by decision. Of his 13 wins since Lucero, 12 were by KO.

Nelson knocked his way into the upper echelon of the UFC and struggled. Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, and Fabricio Werdum all beat Nelson via decision over three rounds; his sole win in the four-fight stretch was vs. Mirko Cro Cop, and that went into the third, too.

Then, once again, he found his inner KO artist, knocking out Matt Mitrione in the first, knocking out Dave Herman in the first, and Saturday night knocking out Cheick Kongo, 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.

He got the big win, and it is earned him not a title shot, but a fight back in the upper echelon of the UFC.

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 just bear Frank Mir last week, 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.

Nelson said he would oblige.

“I’m there. Whatever,” said Nelson. “I want to fight the best in the world. And fighting Daniel, an Olympian, I’m more than happy to welcome him to the UFC. Mark Hunt – if he can get past JDS – sure. And if he doesn’t, I’d still fight Mark Hunt. I’m all about making everyone happy.”