Roy “Big Country” Nelson is slated to be a coach on the newest installment of The Ultimate Fighter against Shane Carwin, which begins taping in a few days for a September broadcast. Unfortunately for Nelson, he had been having a hard time getting his coaches approved.
Nelson told MMAWeekly: “I’m excited. I’m just over here hoping that I can actually bring all my coaches that I want to be my assistant coaches and bring on. I might just have to do it myself. You never know. I don’t (think) they approve of half the people I hang out with. Right now I got Mo Lawal cause he’s a great wrestling coach and he helped me out the last time. Then I got Jeff Mayweather, James Johnson, those are just the three main ones that I have so far, and then I’m working on Anthony Brown. It’s about coaching and it’s about these kids. I think I even asked Victor Conte and I think he probably wouldn’t get approved because it’s about cleaning up the sport, and he’s one of those guys that wants to clean it up.”
Lawal is now signed to Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA wrestling. Brown is a Muay Thai and Krav Maga instructor out of Las Vegas, while Jeff Mayweather is a famed boxing trainer. Conte is infamous in the world of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) as the former head of BALCO, the lab that was connected to producing steroids for many famous pro athletes including Barry Bonds, Shane Mosley and Bill Romanowski.
Nelson continued: “The thing is I’m just hoping they get approved because they tend to all stick together, because they know how it works. I don’t want them to be treated like Rosa Parks.”
On his official Facebook page, Nelson just released his final list of coaches and guest coaches that will be appearing on the Ultimate Fighter this season:
“Here are my Assistant/Guest Coaches the non-UFC coaches will be helping but not on the set because they are black, criminals, white, Olympian, Great TV … (disclaimer I have know idea, just opinion) NON-UFC ALLOWED: Muhammed Lawal, Kurt Angle, Victor Conte. UFC ALLOWED: Royce Gracie, James Johnson, Jeff Mayweather, George St. Pierre, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Martin Kampmann, Amir Sadollah, Mike Pyle, Gray Maynard, Ron Frazier, Anthony Brown. I am a student first, teacher second. Let give theses kids an opportunity of a life time. A UFC SUPER CAMP.”
The “NON-UFC ALLOWED” coaches will assist in coaching Team Nelson, but will not be shown on the air.