No UFC Contract in Hand, Where Does Roy Nelson Go Following Loss to Stipe Miocic?

June 16, 2013
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Roy Nelson at the TUF 16 FinaleRoy Nelson was on the last fight of his current contract heading into his bout with Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 on Saturday night in Winnipeg.

The fight is now over with Nelson losing a lopsided decision.

So without a contract in hand, what is next for Nelson?

“I go where the fans want me,” he said at the post-fight press conference. “If Dana and Lorenzo want me to be with the UFC, I’ll be knocking on Cain Velasquez‘s door, or whoever the champ is, when I’m knocking on it.”

Nelson and UFC president Dana White have never quite seen eye-to-eye, but despite any differences between them, there is also a grudging respect. And despite Nelson’s loss to Miocic closing out his contract, White wasn’t quick to write him off.

“I respect Roy. Roy has a great chin, hits hard, has great wrestling, has great jiu-jitsu,” said White. “He was a man about this contract. His contract was up in July. We asked for an extension; he said no. He doesn’t have to say yes.

“His contract is up, it’s up; we have to get him a fight before the contract is over. We did. He stepped up and accepted the fight.”

Regardless of that respect, Nelson still finds himself without a contract in hand, and with a blemish on his record, he has less bargaining power as well.

Having just stepped out of the Octagon not long before the press conference, a contract wasn’t exactly at the fore of his mind anyhow. Getting rid of the sting of a loss was.

“My interest (right now) is I want to get past this loss and just fight. That’s what a fighter does,” he declared. “I just want to get out there and fight and get another W.

“Where that opportunity is, hopefully it’s with the UFC, if they want me here then I’ll be here.”

At the end of the day, as with any contracted employment, it will come down to negotiations. And that’s where Nelson and the UFC currently stand.

“We made an offer to Roy,” said White, “and we’ll sit down and talk to him after this.”

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  • p3ezy

    if the hunt vs nelson fight doesn’t eventuate, the ufc is up to f@#ks.

    • JDMMA

      Yepp, thar fight could be incredibly exciting or boring, they are both short over weight HW, with iron chin and pack a punch

      • Werdoomb

        I would give the advantage to Hunt. I’ve never really seen Roy out wrestle anyone in the UFC, although he does have good BJJ background. At the same time, Hunt’s takedown defense has improved since coming to the UFC.

        The difference is that Hunt’s striking is on a different level. Hunt is by far the better striker of the two.

        • Baller31

          I would give the advantage to Nelson. Both overweight power punchers, but Hunt’s striking is not on another level. I love how people think that he’s some kind of amazing striker because he fought in K1. You realize that Nelson took JDS to decision…JDS just ko’d Hunt. Hunt has ko’d exactly two people in the UFC…Struve and Kongo. Guess who ko’d the same two people?? yep Nelson..although it only took Nelson 39 seconds not three rounds against Struve. MMA math aside, the reason Nelson has the advantage is because of his high level jiu jitsu, combined with Hunt’s proclivity for being submitted.

  • oldnavy

    Roy only had 2 weeks notice and was gassed after the first round. If he had been given time to train, he would have knocked Stipe out.

    • Advance*

      Look at his history over the past 5 years in fights that made it out of the first round. He got finished by Arlovski, looked terrible against Mir, was a punching bag against JDS and Werdum and managed to beat an over the hill Cro Cop in the 3rd. Now we can add this fight to the list. He either knocks people out in the first round or you quickly see how bad his cardio is. If he didn’t catch all those other guys in the first round, those fights probably would have went a lot like this one. If you walk around with 60+ pounds of extra body fat and have a history of gassing you don’t get to use the 2 weeks notice excuse

      • Baller31

        I agree that he needs to really think about his conditioning. I would like to see him get in shape and even a move to 205 would be possible if he wasn’t a fat ass. If he was in better shape and quicker, with his power and his skills he could accomplish so much more.

        • Werdoomb

          Okay, you need to just stop talking.

          Cutting down to 205 from 265+ is not as easy as living in your mom’s basement while playing video games. This is not a video game bro. You just can’t simple cut weight and become a leaner meaner machine.

          Roy at 205 may be (and this is a big may be) better conditioned. But the dude has built his career by being a stocky explosive fighter against bigger slower HWs. At 205, he will lose that edge he had at HW.

          Even guys like Fedor and Cro Cop, who could realistically cut to 205, refused to go down.

          Shouldn’t that tell you a lot about cutting weight. I mean, Frank Mir has been saying stuff about Roy should go down to 205 but Frank can’t even manage his own career.

          • Baller31

            I wrestled throughout high school and college, and I know a good deal about cutting weight. Roy Nelson could easily make 205. Most light heavyweights walk around between 220-240lbs. Jon Jones walks around at 230, Forrest Griffin usually walks around at 240 before cutting weight. Roy Nelson weighs 250, but a significant amount of that is bodyfat. Once he diets and trains and cuts his bodyfat down to a respectable percentage, he would weigh less than most light heavyweights. There is an interesting article on SB Nation where Mike Dolce, go to trainer for cutting weight in the UFC, talks about how he could get Roy Nelson down to light heavyweight easily, and even middleweight if Nelson had the dedication and commitment to training. And don’t hand me that b.s. about him losing his power when he loses his weight…you really think his fat belly gives him ko power??? You need to check your facts bro, and don’t assume that everyone posting on here is just a gamer like you.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      He’s a pro fighter he should always be in some kind of shape. Especially not having to cut weight. With Roy, if he can’t knock a guy out and he fights a well rounded fighter he ends up losing. That’s just how it is. Look at who he’s beaten in the UFC. His biggest win if the legend of Mirko Cro Cop. He falls short in every big fight against well rounded fighters.

    • fsunoles10

      he fought not to long ago he should have still been in shape, dont make excuses stipe thoroughly dominated him from the opening bell. suck it up and take the loss like a man, aint like you’re the one who took that whipping.

    • Werdoomb

      Stipe only had two weeks notice too buddy. So your logic is flawed.

  • Edgar ontano

    He just wants more money, he thinks to highly of himself but big country aint that great fellas