Most employees are thrilled to death when their bosses tell them they don’t have to do something. However, Roy Nelson was a tad irritated he was pulled from UFC 125 after rushing along his surgically repaired knee in order to make the New Year’s Day date.
“I think my feelings were a little hurt. I was hoping they could find somebody to replace [Shane Carwin]. This is one of the biggest cards of the year, and I was in the co-main event, and I was really trying to make sure my knee was better,” Nelson told Sherdog.com. “The UFC really pushed me hard to get through with my rehab so I could fight on this card.
“My doctors said I shouldn’t fight again until February or March, but I stepped up because the UFC wanted me to. I stepped up for the UFC and I hoped they would do the same for me.”
The Twitter rivals were slated to settle their beef inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, Carwin abruptly withdrew to undergo neck and back surgery, leaving Nelson to ring in the New Year by himself.
“The thing is, nobody wants to fight a fat guy like me,” stated Nelson. “Cro Cop is a legend in this sport, and I would’ve loved to have fought him. I’d like to fight [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira for the same reason. I’d love to fight [Alistair] Overeem, Brock Lesnar or The Undertaker.
“[UFC President] Dana White asks people, ‘So, you want to be a [expletive] fighter?’ I love to fight. I’m one of those guys.”
Another bummer for “Big Country” is the fact he’ll be missing out on more lucrative endorsement opportunities. Co-headlining the UFC’s end of the year bash was sure to garner heftier sponsorship dollars, which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.