Since his impressive showing in a unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 117, Roy Nelson has undergone successful knee surgery and started the lengthy rehab process. While he won’t be making much noise inside the Octagon anytime soon, the heavyweight created quite the ruckus with his recent Tweets regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA.
“Just woke up and was reading the mma news websites and only one had real news ufc champ shane carwin steroids court case”
“I am surprised that athletes in mma do steroids ;( that explains body types”
“Let see if real news sources investigate the steroid claims, mmajunkie, mmaweekly, sherdog, espn, etc I like good news”
Although his posts came seconds after discovering former UFC interim champ Shane Carwin allegedly received steroids from a pharmacist that was just sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a nationwide conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids, Nelson claims his messages were directed squarely at the situation and not the person.
“I was surprised that the media wasn’t,” Nelson told 5thRound.com before pausing to gather his thoughts. “You’ve got Roger Clemens all of a sudden in this steroid scandal. It’s all over ESPN and every news station out there. In our sport, not even a little peep.
“I was just making fun of the fact we have steroids in our sport. I was just surprised [by the lack of coverage].”
Because of the vigorous speed in which Internet geeks are able to type, it didn’t take long for Carwin to catch wind of Nelson’s comments. Unfortunately, he was given the gag order by his counsel and hasn’t been able to formally address the controversy. However, Carwin did express his undying desire to clear his name, as well as his displeasure with Big Country’s remarks.
“People told me about it, but I really didn’t care,” Nelson said of Carwin’s response. “I wasn’t trying to slam him. That’s more of a guilty conscience, I guess.
“I don’t talk a lot of crap, but if that’s what the fans what, that’s what the fans demand. They’re the ones that pay the bills.”
Prior to entering his scrap with dos Santos, UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik suggested the loser might face Carwin in their next outing. Although he wasn’t trying to do his best Chael Sonnen impersonation, fan boys worldwide took his Tweets and ran with them regardless.
“I don’t know. I wasn’t even trying to sell a fight. I wasn’t even talking about Shane Carwin,” Nelson stated. “It was about steroids. I’m actually about trying to clean up our sport and keep integrity in our sport. That’s all I’m trying to do.”
When asked how his bubbly belly would fare against Carwin’s chiseled frame, Nelson appeared confident in his chances if the contest came to fruition.
“Advantages; he has age on me, he definitely has size, a better supplement routine, he hits hard. There are a lot of things he brings to the table that he’s better at,” Nelson admitted. “I can definitely say I have better [jiu jitsu] than him.”
The rumor mill has been quiet on the Carwin front, and there is currently no timetable set for Nelson’s return to the Octagon.