After Roy Nelson posted a unanimous decision loss to Frank Mir at UFC 130, company president Dana White expressed his disgust with “Big Country’s” performance and physical appearance. During Friday’s “UFC on Versus 5” media workouts, Dan Hardy revealed his training partner will reemerge a new man by the time Nelson’s UFC 137 shootout with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic comes rolling around.
“He’s dropped 20 pounds since the last fight,” Hardy expressed. “He is making an effort, he was 249 after training the other day. If you consider he was cutting to get to 265 before, it has made a difference.”
Although Nelson possesses all the tools to compete in the UFC’s largest weight class, White believes the excess pounds he packs around his waistline is preventing the 34-year-old from reaching his full potential. While some have suggested a strict diet could get the former IFL heavyweight king down to the light heavyweight division, Hardy doesn’t think it’s in the cards.
“It’s not a realistic option for him,” Hardy shared. “He would really have to change everything about his lifestyle and his fighting style in order to be a 205-pounder. I know that he doesn’t look in the best shape of all fighters in the heavyweight division, but the reality is he’s a very big guy.
“He just doesn’t have the frame to fight at 205. Even if you stripped all the excess weight off, he’s still going to be around 230. With a slow progression in his training and changing a few things, I think he can become a bigger heavyweight and be more athletic at the same time.”
Oddly enough, after Hardy’s comments regarding Nelson’s weight hit the Internet, Nelson took to his Twitter to set the record straight about his weight.
“Dan has lost 20lbs for 170lbs, I just weighed myself 257 Today,” Nelson tweeted.
Did Hardy accidentally let the top secret cat out of the bag and Nelson is now trying to cover up, or has Nelson not changed his food intake despite the fact he’s lost two-straight scraps?
Nelson will be in Hardy’s corner when he meets Chris Lytle Sunday night inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, so perhaps we’ll have a better idea then.