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Roy Nelson doesn’t care if UFC 137 fight is ugly, he just wants the win

With consecutive losses to Frank Mir and Junior dos Santos, as well as public criticism from the UFC brass regarding his physique, 35-year old Roy Nelson’s back is against the wall when it comes to his bout this weekend against PRIDE legend Mirko Filipovic. The set of circumstances isn’t lost on the Buddha-bellied brawler who recently acknowledged exactly how important it is he exits UFC 137 with his hand raised.

“In this fight, I’m coming off two losses,” Nelson began in an interview with the UFC’s website while making it clear thoughts of a run at the championship would be premature. “The first fight I lost I was fighting for a shot at the world title and the second fight I was fighting against a guy who has already had the title twice. For me, losing to those guys and now coming out here, it’s basically that I need to get back into the win column. I don’t care if it is the ugliest fight in the world, I just need to get the W. Once you get the W in the win column then you can start making your way back to the title. But first you need to get that W because you can’t climb up the ladder while you’re losing.”

Such statements might cause some fans to believe the 15-6 Nelson, who has lost four of his last six fights and has a pedestrian 2-2 mark inside the Octagon, will earn his victory over “Cro Cop” by putting the crowd to sleep rather than the Croatian. However, according to “Big Country”, it simply means he plans to be cautious rather than rush into any situations.

“I think Mirko is going to stay on the outside and pick his shots with his left hand and look for his kicks,” Nelson explained of Filipovic’s likely strategy. “That’s what ‘Cro Cop’ is really good at. He sucks you into a lullaby and you put your guard down and then BAM that’s where the kick or punch is. For me, I have to be patient and look for my shots or look for the takedowns. I have to punch him in the face, but I have to be patient. Mirko is a patient man and he waits for that one mistake and he capitalizes on it.”

Further dismissing the notion the accomplished BJJer will opt to plod his way to a decision win, Nelson added, “It’s not a pure classic ‘grappler vs. striker’ (match-up) because this grappler is willing to bang with you,” a point supported by the fact he actually has more TKOs than submissions in his career – eight compared to five – and a pair of highlight reel knockouts in the UFC over Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve.

Nelson vs. Filipovic can be caught as part of the PPV portion of UFC 137 this Saturday night starting at 9:00 PM EST. Other featured fights include Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione and headlining action from decorated welterweights B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz.


  • Guthookd says:

    Nelson for the career ending win.

    Time for Mirko to go fishing at that lake he loves so much. Been a long, exciting run.

  • My favorite pot bellied pugilist with pull this one out. Jr couldnt put him away, Mir couldnt put him away when he was sick….Roy’s just too much for cro cop these days. Cro Cop will walk Roy down until he gets tagged a few good shots and then back up the whole time eventually leading to gettin Ko’d.
    I think mentioning Roy’s record at 2-2 as pedestrian is a little unfair. Sure its only 50/50 but he KO’d both Struve and Schaub who are both turning out to be quite the promising prospects and lost decisions to two of the best finishers at heavyweight. No love for the fat guy with a mullet.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I still like Cro Cop in this fight…just have a feeling he will finish his career with a highlight and walk away.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Terri Runnels Is Suing Her Former Lover!

  • MCM says:

    thumbs up superdave. I’d also mention that losing 4 of his last 6 included a robbery against Monson and the worst standup in refing history against Arlozski. It’s not as if Nelson is getting finished by bums.

    oh, Triple H is 42, for all those that almost clicked it.


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