Roy Nelson (Pictured) wasn’t necessarily facing a must-win situation at UFC 146, but having lost three of his last four fights, Nelson probably felt he was confronting a mustn’t-lose predicament against Dave Herman.
For most of “Big Country’s” professional career, the excess baggage around his belly has been a topic of conversation – especially after the veteran took “The Ultimate Fighter: 10” tournament in 2009.
UFC president Dana White summoned Nelson to his office for a chat after his “embarrassing” loss to Frank Mir at UFC 130. White also recently claimed the 35-year-old hasn’t applied himself and has failed to reach his full potential because of it.
As if that weren’t enough, it appears White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta had a stern talk with Nelson heading into Saturday’s pivotal bout with Herman.
Courtesy of a vicious overhand right, Nelson had “Pee Wee” unconscious on the canvas only 51 seconds into their shootout. Just in case his bosses didn’t get the message, Nelson sought them out in the audience to ensure his point was made.
“I don’t know if you noticed after the fight, he came over and pointed at me and yelled some [expletive] at Lorenzo,” White shared during FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “We had a pretty tough conversation with Roy a few weeks ago.
“I think he came out and made a statement and wanted to shove that right up mine and Lorenzo’s asses, and I accept it.”
Their powwow with Nelson was probably something along the lines of, ‘You better not look like crap at UFC 146, or you’re fired.’ Or, ‘You better not lose to Herman, or you’re fired.’ Or, ‘You better not break the scale at Friday’s weigh-ins, or you’re fired.’
Thankfully for Nelson, winning cures everything and he will live to fight another day inside the Octagon. Not only that, he also pocketed an extra $70,000 for earning ‘Knockout of the Night‘ honors.