Roy Nelson will be completing the final fight on his UFC contract in exactly 10, but if “Big Country” wins and inks an extension with the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts organization, it appears his next assignment may already be in place.
During Tuesday’s UFC 161 conference call where Nelson was promotion his upcoming scrap against Stipe Miocic, Nelson suggested he had accepted to fight Daniel Cormier (pictured) in the event but the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner declined the dance.
“When the UFC calls you, you step up,” Nelson stated. “I think I got offered Cormier, and I think he turned it down…”
It didn’t take Cormier long to hear the chatter and clear the air. According to the wrestler turned slugger, he couldn’t receive medical clearance in time for the June 15 matchup.
“A couple of weeks ago, Daniel Cormier told me he wants to fight the winner of [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira vs. [Fabricio] Werdum,” said reporter Ariel Helwani. “He also told me to throw Roy Nelson’s name in the mix. On the UFC 161 conference call, Nelson mentioned that Cormier turned down a fight against him for UFC 161.
“When Daniel heard this, he called me and said ‘Forget about Werdum, forget about Nogueira, I want Roy Nelson.’ He said, ‘I want to kick his ass for Dana White.’ Cormier wants it to be his last fight at heavyweight.”
Nelson and UFC president Dana White have had an interesting relationship, to put it mildly.
Cormier was issued a six-month suspension for a swollen right middle finger following April’s win over Frank Mir. He can return to action sooner with a doctor’s note, however.