Exclusive: Roy Nelson talks TUF, potential fight with Dana White
With an eccentric sense of humor and self, Roy Nelson has made a name for himself outside the Octagon with his over-the-top antics and statements. Often branded as an individual lacking intelligence, Nelson has left fans of the sport speechless on countless occasions. Inside the Octagon, however, Nelson has made a name for himself as one tough customer with a solid chin (was able to fight off Junior dos Santos and force a decision, despite losing) and a surprisingly solid ground game.
Up next for Nelson, alongside his coaching gig on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, is a bout with, former contender, Shane Carwin (the only other heavyweight dos Santos could not finish inside the UFC). Nelson took the time to answer a few questions from Rant Sports’ Dave Hilts regarding the television show and his upcoming fight:
Dave Hilts: What was you initial reaction when asked to coach on The Ultimate Fighter?
Roy Nelson: My initial reaction was, “Me, really? I have a beard and long hair…”
Dave Hilts: What are your thoughts on fighting Shane Carwin?
Roy Nelson: I have never met a man that hates me so much – but, yet, hates me in a polite way.
Hilts: Do you believe you are a better coach than him?
Nelson: Yes, just because I coach.
Hilts: Which win of your career was the most gratifying?
Nelson: I haven’t had it yet.
Hilts: Do you pride yourself on never being submitted in a MMA event?
Nelson: Never really thought about it before.
Hitls: Which loss was the most devastating, and what have you learned from it?
Nelson: Junior Dos Santos. What I have learned is that you need to make sure you are 100% percent before you go into these big fights, like the recent trend of fighters lately.
Hilts: What do you believe is your biggest advantage in fighting Shane?
Nelson: I have long hair.
Hilts: What is your biggest concern?
Nelson: My wife having our first child around the time I am in camp.
Hilts: Are you worried that he has never been ko’ed, or is that something that drives you to be the man who finally does?
Hilts: What type of Shane Carwin are you expecting after a year layoff and the troubles he has gone through?
Nelson: The best Shane Carwin ever.
Hilts: How far away do you think you are from a title shot?
Nelson: It all depends on what you say and what you do.
Hilts: Who do you want to fight next?
Nelson: Dana White or Shane Carwin or both at the same time.
Hilts: Finally, how do you see your fight with Shane playing out?
Nelson: Somebody winning.
- Dave Hilts