On Monday, former IFL heavyweight champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson had surgery on his knee to repair the damage he suffered in a unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 117.
Like only the charismatic Nelson can do, he took a brief moment to pose for some playful pictures before going under the knife. He also used his Facebook page to push for his next opponent.
Although he fought valiantly, “Big Country” was unable to upset the talented Brazilian, who earned top contender status with the victory. While he couldn’t derail dos Santos, it appears that he wants to keep it in the Team Black House familia because he was calling out another heavyweight that recently went on the shelf.
“I just read big nog is out, so after I get knee surgery, we both can give the fans a show of heart, and great jits, and the next title shot after that,” Nelson wrote.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was originally scheduled to rematch Frank Mir at UFC 119 in September, but he was abruptly replaced by Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic over the weekend after reportedly injuring his hip.
Prior to his dance with dos Santos, UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik suggested former interim champ Shane Carwin might be in store for the loser.
However, Carwin appears to be in a little bit of hot water due to his alleged ties to a pharmacist that illegally supplied steroids to 22 professional athletes, one of whom was reportedly Carwin. While Carwin has yet to formally address the issue publicly, Nelson dropped his two cents on the matter shortly after the news broke.
“I am surprised that athletes in mma do steroids ;( that explains body types,” Tweeted the big-bellied Nelson.