Heavyweight slugger Roy “Big Country” Nelson has always been an advocate for stricter drug testing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), which would make you think that he’s content with the UFC bringing in the help of third-party testing organization United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Nelson is scheduled to face off with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the co-main event of this weekend’s (September 24, 2016) UFC Fight Night 95, and he was recently tested ahead of the fight, although he wasn’t pleased with the answer he received when he asked when the results would be in:
“We got USADA doing the testing, and I got tested last week, and I said, ‘Are the tests going to be back before the card I’m fighting on?’” Nelson told MMAjunkie. “They said they don’t know. So that’s how good USADA is.”
Not only that, but “Big Country” feels as if he could do a better job himself:
“I want to know how much (UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance) Jeff Novitzky gets paid and how much USADA gets paid because I could take their jobs and do a 10 times better job,” Nelson said. “I’d actually just make sure it actually counts and not give certain guys a pass. Then, when there’s a guy we don’t care about, he all of a sudden pops or pops after the fight then suspend them for a year after you’ve already made money off them. It doesn’t make any sense.”
“It can definitely get better,” Nelson said. “I’ll take Jeff’s job and still keep my job, and I could do a better job because it’s not that hard. It’s not that hard to do the smell test.”
Nelson will look to bounce back this weekend after losing four of his last five bouts.