The beef between Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier has been growing for a while now. Nelson had thought that DC had turned down a chance to fight him at UFC 161, stating to Bleacherrepot,.com that Cormier was one of many fighters that turned down a chance at a UFC 161 showdown.
“There’s definitely guys that called me out and turned down fights. I guess all the big wigs, who you can think of. I think D.C. (Daniel Cormier) was one of them, I think Travis Browne turned it down so he could fight (Alistair) Overeem.”
Now Cormier didn’t take kindly to this, not only did he claim this never hapenned, DC is saying that he will put a hold on his planned bout with Fabricio Werdum for a shot at Nelson. Cormier claims thast he wasn’t medically fit to fight Nelson, following his whooping of Frank Mir in April, and that the fight wasn’t ever even a possibility.
DC spoke on UFC Tonight regarding his feelings towards Big Country:
“I want Roy Nelson, I want to kick his ass. I want to kick his ass for Dana White.”
With a bout between Mir and Nelson looking more and more likely, I find myself wondering if I want to see this fight, at this point in time that is. Nelson is coming off a sloppy loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, a loss which sees Nelson skid from the top 10 and Miocic creeps in.
DC is undefeated, the former Strikeforce GP champion. Does he really need to be fighting Roy Nelson? The answer is probably no, but it’s one hell of an entertaining match up. Both guys have granite chins, and they both love to stand and trade.
Nelson’s UFC record stands at 6-4, with all six wins coming by a knockout or TKO. He has only been knocked out once, by (kind of, but probably not) devastating striker Andrei Arlovski, in a highly suspicious (corrupt) Elite XC fight. Cormier is 12-0 with five wins by KO, three by submission.
It’s one of those matches that I would love to watch, regardless of how absolutely pointless it is-at least in the HW title picture.