Roy Nelson re-signs with UFC; Faces Daniel Cormier at UFC 166

Posted: July 23, 2013 in Latest news, UFC Events
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Roy-NelsonWell Big Country is back. That’s right, Roy Nelson has signed a new deal with the UFC despite Dana White’s well known issues with him. I’m guessing he got a 1% raise to stay with the organization, along with probably a $500 bonus clause if he ever wins the world title. But that’s just speculation on my part.

No matter what the deal was Roy is getting a pretty important fight next too. The guy many people consider the next title challenger (possibly in two different weight classes), Daniel Cormier, is next up for Nelson. The fight will take place in Houston at UFC 166 in October. Of course the headliner of that event is Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 3.

Cormier is undefeated in his pro career and represents a very difficult matchup for Nelson. With a victory, it’s entirely possible that Cormier would be the next title heavyweight challenger—a slot that could be firmed up if Dos Santos can re-capture the title from Cormier’s friend Velasquez. If Cain retains his belt, the thought is that DC would drop to LHW.

A win for Nelson however would short-circuit the whole heavyweight division. I discussed my concern for the big guys before, and losing Cormier to another division really thins out the top. On the bright side, the absence of Cormier seems to leave Fabricio Werdum a clear path to a title shot.

With the double feature of heavyweight action, UFC 166 will surely have a lot of “what ifs” surrounding the outcomes. Either way, it’s good to have Big Country back in the fold. I’d hate to see him fighting in the middle of Iowa against Tim Sylvia or something.

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  1. […] recently re-signed with the promotion and will face Daniel Cormier at UFC 166. However, the word from UFC brass (aka Dana White) hinted that the negotiations were […]

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