Despite one-sided loss to Stipe Miocic, UFC willing to re-sign Roy Nelson


When news came this week that Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson’s UFC contract was set to expire after his next fight, it appeared the stakes for his UFC 161 bout against Stipe Miocic were raised higher. And while Nelson put on his worst performance of his last four bouts and lost a one-sided decision, news is that the promotion is willing to sign the popular fighter back again.

Dana White and Nelson have had their much-publicized differences in the past, but those don’t seem to matter too much today, as White expressed his respect for Nelson and his contract situation after last night’s fights:

“I respect Roy. He has a great chin, hits hard, has great jiu-jitsu. You know, he was a man about this contract. His contract was up in July, we asked for an extension and he said no. He doesn’t have to say yes. His contract is up, it’s up. We gotta get him a fight before his contract’s over, he stepped up, he took the fight. Do Roy and I always see eye to eye? We don’t. We made an offer to Roy and we’ll sit down and talk to him again after this.”

Nelson also expressed that he wants to return if the UFC wants him in a post-fight interview, and really both sides willing to come to terms should come as no surprise. Nelson always puts on exciting fights each time out, whether he’s knocking his opponent out or absorbing an absolutely insane amount of punishment. After all, he did set the record for most significant strikes absorbed without being knocked out with a lofty 437.

However, Nelson appears to always make it to a top opponent and lose. But Miocic was not a top-ranked fighter as of last night. The knock on Nelson is always his conditioning, and he blamed the short turnaround in part last night. Regardless, one has to wonder what Roy Nelson’s true opportunities are within the competitive UFC heavyweight division. Where does ‘Big Country’ go from here?

  • Please choose a different title! Roy has the best knock out reel in the HW division. He's destroyed some tough dudes in the first round…Why would they release him because of this loss?! We all know that Roy is far from being a disciplined athlete (dieting/training/preparation, etc.). He might have been gorging on burgers and pizza since his destruction of kongo…I doubt he's trained seriously for Miocic.

    • Better than JDS? Gonna disagree there

      • JDS certainly has more awesome punches thrown than Big Country, but not the best knockout reel. My personal favorite is Big Country's knockout of Dave Herman. I call it the "Sit the F*ck Down" Punch.

  • D

    No **** they're "willing" to resign him. He's 6-4 in the UFC, all of his wins are by KO/TKO, all of his losses are by decision, he's never been in a boring fight, and he's won 3 of his last 4 by 1st round KO.

  • Not signing Big Country would be a bad business move on the UFC's behalf.

  • Of course they're going to re-sign Roy. Either he'll grow a brain cell and drop to 205, or be the new Butterbean (cannon fodder) for high level guys.

    • I'm starting to wonder if dieting is just too hard for Roy. He's expressed an interest in cutting to Light Heavyweight in the past, and had even trimmed down to about 240 or so. But given that he's failed to keep it off and is now 37 years old, it might just be too difficult to cut that much weight at this point.

      • D

        It's about LOSING weight not cutting it. We're not talking about water, Roy probably has at least 25% body fat. Wouldn't be surprised if it's in the 30s. That means he could easily lose 15% of his body weight with no muscle mass sacrificed. That would put him at 221 based on his last weigh in and make for a fairly easy cut.

        It's not that difficult, especially when fitness is a huge part of your job. It's just that he chooses not to do it. It's that simple.

  • Roy is a smart guy…
    He knows how huge of a draw he is. Imo he wants a better contract with the UFC, that's why he declined the first extension. But is the UFC willing to pay him more? I don't think so. We'll see…

    • D

      No. He just lost. The offer was made after a 3 fight win streak. It will only go down now.

  • he needs to drop 20 lbs. and this man would really be great… even just 15 if he wants to keep more power