A lot gets made about Roy Nelson‘s grappling credentials whenever he faces another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, for instance his fight this weekend against former UFC and PRIDE champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but in his interview with The Great MMA Debate, Nelson revealed a surprising detail about his grappling background.
“When I grappled, I never even trained for a grappling match,” Nelson revealed. “From my understanding now, people actually take this a lot more serious then back when I did, because I just did it as a weekend warrior.”
Nelson also talked about his fight with Nogueira and the recent decision from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to ban testosterone replacement therapy. Also on the show, Clay Guida talked about coming back from a tough loss to Chad Mendes in his last fight and the long layoff he dealt with before fighting this weekend, while world champion kickboxer Tyrone Spong discussed his standing in the sport, his ranking when it comes to stand-up fighting, and a recent rivalry with former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
All this, plus debate about Jake Shields’ release from the UFC, Gina Carano possibly jumping in line for a title shot, and a full breakdown of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night card from Abu Dhabi.