TUF season 10 winner Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson had been rumored to be facing fellow heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo at UFC 116 in July, but recent comments from the Frenchman suggests that may not be the case after all.
“I have to be able to start my preparation – the thing I haven’t done yet. I am still injured [from the Buentello fight],” Kongo told the Riddum site yesterday. “I don’t think it would happen at UFC 116. Maybe later but not then. I didn’t get any word from the UFC [on this matchup] and as of today I’m just actively recovering and nothing else.”
Following that news FiveOuncesOfPain.com spoke with Roy Nelson about the possibility of that fight taking place.
“I believe that is still part of the rumor mill, cause I think I‘m supposed to be fighting Frank Mir too,” Nelson revealed.
He went on to stress that nothing was official, and so he is currently training for both possible opponents just in case. He does however feel that it’s Mir who is the more likely option at this stage.
If that turns out to be true then that’s a major step up in competition for the former IFL champion, and undoubtedly a tougher challenge than Kongo who Mir defeated in just 72 seconds back in December.
A win over the former champion would be a major feather in Nelson’s cap, the most notable win of his MMA career and would legitimize him as a top contender in the division.
Meanwhile for Frank Mir this would be a risky fight to come back to after a crushing defeat to Shane Carwin at UFC 111. It’s also interesting to note that Nelson already holds a win over him in the past, though not in mixed martial arts. Instead he defeated him in a Grapplers Quest event back in 2003.
If you haven’t seen it before then you can watch the video of that match below.