Roy Nelson is the UFC’s newest salesmen.
“Big Country” is preparing to headline his second-straight Fight Pass card with his UFC Fight Night Japan main event against heavy-handed Mark Hunt. With being the main event in two consecutive Fight Pass cards, Nelson says he’s poster boy for selling subscriptions to the UFC’s digital network.
It’s apparently all part of the job.
“The way you gotta look at it is Roy Nelson is running the UFC train for Fight Pass to get subscriptions up. I’m selling mini pay-per-view,” the fighter recently told The Great MMA Debate Podcast.
Nelson and Hunt fight Saturday in Japan, and the bout will also be Nelson’s second-straight trip to a venue outside of his native Las Vegas.
When fighting outside of the United States, American fighters have to pay a significant local tax, and many have gone on record to say they prefer to avoid fighting internationally due to this fact. Nelson is one who shares this sentiment.
If Fight Pass fights occurred in Las Vegas, Nelson said he’d be one of the first to sign up.
“I can’t wait until they do Las Vegas Fight Passes,” he said. “If they could do Las Vegas Fight Passes, I can do them all day long. The only reason I don’t like to fight in foreign countries is you always gotta pay foreign taxes.”
But Nelson hasn’t been one to turn down a fight just because it’s outside of the U.S. On the contrary, not only did he sign the bout agreement to fight in a foreign land, but he agreed to face Hunt in a place his Fight Night opponent rose to fame.
Saitama Super Arena, the venue for Saturday’s card, saw crowds in the tens of thousands gather to see Hunt fight during his time in the now-defunct Pride promotion. When Hunt moved over to the UFC, all Nelson heard were questions about when he’d fight the “Super Samoan.”
Being the salesman that he is, Nelson will answer those questions by saying that he is positive customers will be happy with the product he and his opponent supply in Japan this weekend.
“This is one of those fights that’s a fan favorite,” he said. “It’s just two guys that go out and fight, and that’s the best part of the old Pride guys – they go out and entertain. They either get knocked out or knock somebody out. They’re always trying to finish a fight.
“[Mark Hunt] is definitely a fighter. Anyone that’s in the old Pride days are fighters. They came to fight.”
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