After dropping a convincing unanimous decision to Frank Mir at UFC 130, Roy Nelson promised fans that version 2.0 would reemerge in a much sleeker form. In an attempt to keep his redefined physique under wraps until UFC 137, “Big Country” hid behind a bushy beard and never removed his shirt during fight week.
The former IFL heavyweight champ took things a step further when he appeared at the weigh-ins sporting a fat suit (Picture). After retiring Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic on Saturday, Nelson denied trying to keep his weight loss under lock and key. He stated he was simply trying to rejuvenate a struggling economy.
“I wasn’t really trying to keep it a secret,” stated Nelson. “I think the biggest thing was that the porn industry is kind of going down. If you want to see a half-naked man, you’re going to pay for it.”
Although Nelson only weighed eight pounds less than what he did against Mir, the inflatable suit must have contained more than just air because he was noticeably slimmer when the cage door slammed shut inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White was extremely critical of Nelson when he lost his second consecutive fight, which had everyone concerned about his future inside the Octagon. Nelson, on the other hand, was merely worried about putting on a show.
“The one thing as a fighter, if you start dwelling on the past, that’s what usually fans or press always dwell on,” Nelson expressed. “It’s like the press. If they write two bad articles, they should worry about getting fired, too.
“But for the most part as a fighter, all you can do is go out there and fight. If you give 110 percent, you can always leave with your head held high. The thing is, I always leave everything out there and that’s what I always do.”
As far as things Nelson hardly ever does, he attended his second press conference in three days donning a three-piece suit. Nelson proceeded to up the ante at the post-fight presser by taking a razor to his chin to show off his thinner face.
“It was just one of those things,” Nelson said of his new look. “I knew for you press people, it was going to be a slow Monday, so I figured I’d give you guys something to talk about.”
Thanks for keeping us busy, Roy.