Despite back-to-back defeats, constant criticism over his overweight physique, signs up suspect cardio and even pressure from UFC president Dana White it seems like Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson still remains reluctant to shed some of the excess weight from his 6ft, 260lb frame.
White met with Nelson last week looking to convince the fighter to drop down to 240lbs after his sub-par performance against Frank Mir at UFC 130, but didn’t get the answer he was looking for.
“I said, ‘The fat thing was funny for a minute. It’s not funny anymore’. The thing with Roy is, Roy feels like he’s an athlete that can perform. He says, ‘If you look at my entire career, I’ve performed at this weight.’” White tells the FightersOnly site.
In the week after the fight it emerged that Nelson had been suffering from ‘walking pneumonia’ which he claims was the real reason he underperformed on the night.
“He felt like he had one bad fight and everybody jumped on him. He said, ‘I’ve performed well at this weight. I’m a human being. I got sick. I still fought, and my cardio was horrible that night. I was dying.’”
There had been speculation that the UFC may have been prepared to cut the fighter from the roster if he did not agree to shed the weight, but right now there’s no indication that is going to be the case.
If he’s not willing to change though then it’s hard to see him having a long term future in the UFC, and another loss would surely be his last for the promotion. It would also not be a surprise to find him being dropped down to the prelims next time out.