by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Roy “Big Country” Nelson plays up his rotund physique, trying to parlay it into a Burger King sponsorship, but no doubt about, the former International Fight League (IFL) heavyweight champion and “The Ultimate Fighter Season 10″ winner can fight.
His Dutch opponent, Stefan Struve, may have towered over him at UFC Fight Night 21 on Wednesday night… by nearly a foot, but Nelson new how to bring the tower down.
“The biggest thing is you have to get past the reach,” he said after the fight.
Nelson wasted no time, immediately closing the gap, nullifying Struve’s jab. He charged in, firing away with an overhand right that was almost an uppercut because of the difference in height.
But in 39 seconds, Nelson dropped him to the mat with one of those overhand rights, immediately dropping down on Struve and finishing him off with strikes for the TKO stoppage.
Nelson now feels that he is in the thick of things in the UFC heavyweight division.
“I think getting past Stefan throws me in the mix, right in the title hunt,” he said.
He did hesitate just a bit when asked who he’d like fight next, but it’s a fight that would easily catapult him further into the spotlight.
“Uh… James Toney.”
It sounds as if plans to pit Randy Couture against Toney aren’t likely to be approved by most athletic commissions, so you never know, maybe Roy Nelson will get his wish.