Roy Nelson: I think Brock Lesnar will walk off the TUF setPosted on January 22, 2011, 05:17 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Since the announcement of Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos as opposing coaches on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, both fans and indeed some fighters were left shocked when Dana White called out the names of the coaches. While from a business and promotional point of view the naming of Lesnar as a coach may make sense, from the participants perspective it's a little more cloudy. A relative newcomer in the sport, despite winning then twice defending the Heavyweight title, Brock only holds an MMA record of 5-2. Even his opponent, Junior Dos Santos, made his UFC debut 9 months after Lesnar, and currently holds an MMA record of 12-1.
Since his last bout saw him effectively picking apart Roy Nelson for three rounds en route to a decision win, it comes as little surprise that the fans favourite Nelson should share his thoughts on the subject of Brock as a coach. Nelson's name was one of several lined up for a potential bout with Lesnar, prior to the TUF 13 announcement.
Nelson himself a winner of the 11th series of the show, is a veteran of the sport. With a record of 15-5, Big Country is also a former IFL Heavyweight Champion, known for his heavy hands, and despite his large gut, his BJJ skills.
When asked about Lesnar as a coach, Nelson had quite a few things to say on the matter:
“I think Brock Lesnar is done. I think Brock doing TUF is one way to basically take a situation and make it win-win for him. I think Lesnar doing the show is a way to introduce Junior Dos Santos to the American fan base in the way the show does. TUF introduces “stars in the making” to the casual UFC fan and while JDS is the number one contender he still needs some help with the American fan base. So the conspiracy basically comes down to the fact that Shane Carwin has no one to fight in June. I think Brock Lesnar will walk off the TUF set and then Carwin will take his spot or Frank Mir will come in to “save the day” and fight JDS for title contention.”
“The reason I believe Frank would be the guy is because Mir is coming off a win and I was already supposed to fight Shane so fans were already hyped to see it. Or Carwin could move in to face JDS and I could still face Frank but it doesn’t really matter to me as to who fights who because all that really matters is the fans want to see me fight somebody. A lot of things could happen over the next six weeks but it seems a bit off that Carwin doesn’t have an opponent right now and all of the top heavyweights are spoken for.”
Filming is set to begin in just a few weeks, the show will make its televised debut on March 30th. With a bout between Lesnar and Dos Santos tentatively scheduled for UFC 131 on the 4th of June, fans will have to wait and see if Nelson's predictions come true.