There’s no two ways about it, UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson did not look good in the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 130 as he was soundly beaten by Frank Mir over three rounds in Las Vegas.
Yesterday Nelson’s wife revealed that the fighter had in fact been suffering from ‘Walking Pneumonia’ prior the fight which may have accounted for his lethargic performance, and today ‘Big Country’ himself confirmed to Sherdog.com that was the case.
“[I’m] not feeling better,” Nelson said. “Feels like I picked a scab off of my lung,” Nelson said.
Walking pneumonia is not as serious as the full-blown version of the illness, and as the name implies it is possible for people to be up and about even with the condition. It does however still come with symptoms such as a potentially violent cough, mild flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache and tiredness.
Currently on medication to combat the issue, Nelson reports that he’ll be back up to speed in a couple of weeks.
While the latest developments certainly sound legitimate, they don’t completely paper over the cracks of Nelson’s sub-par display, and the fighter himself admits, “Frank [Mir] was the better man.”
It’s also likely that UFC president Dana White will still be looking for Nelson to shed weight from his 6ft, 260lb frame if he wants to continue to compete in the UFC after being well beaten in his last two fights.