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Roy Nelson linked to possible match-ups with Daniel Cormier, Mark Hunt

Daniel Cormier - MMAWEEKLYIt didn’t take long for speculation to begin on the next opponent for UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson. Fresh off a Knockout of the Night finish of Cheick Kongo at UFC 159, Nelson fielded questions about future fights with two opponents in particular – Daniel Cormier and Mark Hunt – during the post-event press conference.

UFC President Dana White helped spark the conversation by revealing he’d already spoken to the matchmaking team about both bouts.

“Me and Joe Silva never talk about fights the night of the fights, but we talked tonight. And we like Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier; or Roy Nelson – if Mark Hunt wins – Roy and Mark,” explained White to media. “If he wants to get close to the title, those are the guys he’s going to have to face. I know what he wants is a title-shot, and I honestly think he deserves to get a fight with one of the top guys to get him closer to that or to get him that shot.”

MMAWeekly was on the scene and able to capture the conversation.

Hunt is currently scheduled to face Junior dos Santos in a little less than a month at UFC 160. However, Cormier is currently available and apparently interested based on a Tweet he sent out last night. As far as Nelson goes, “Big Country” isn’t too concerned about who he faces next.

“I’m there, whatever. I want to fight the best in the world and fighting Daniel, you know, he’s an Olympian. I’m more than happy to welcome him to the UFC. Mark Hunt, if he can get past Dos Santos, that’s great. If he doesn’t, I’d still fight Mark Hunt because I know the fans want to see that one. I’m all about making everybody happy,” said Nelson on the topic.

Nelson’s win over Kongo improved his record to 19-7 and was his third strike-based stoppage in a row. Seventeen of his victories have featured some form of finish including twelve TKOs.

The 9-7 is a heavy-handed kickboxer with wins in his last four fights including knockouts of Kongo and Stefan Struve. Comparably, Cormier is 12-0 with past triumphs over the likes of Frank Mir, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    If Nelson fought the same , but had the physique of Kongo he would have been named to fight winner of Cain/Bigfoot.

  • MCM says:

    I like the Hunt fight cause I’m a fan of solid chins and KO power, but if Hunt wins against JDS he should fight for the title next….after Werdum.
    Cormier is also great but I think he should be working on going down to 205 and there’s someone else I’d rather see Big Country fight,

    Nelson VS Overeem!

    Alistair Overeem is the most overrated fighter in the HW division and Roy Nelson is the most underrated. This is the fight that makes the most sense to me at the moment.

  • qat says:

    Hm i dont know about overrated.. Overeem dominated Bigfoot easily until he got tired and sloppy. With a better gas-tank and a good camp i still regard Alistair -skillwise- quite highly.
    Nelson could maybe do the same to him, but its also possible that Overeem can hurt him severely with body shots, or outstrike him like JDS did. Its an interesting fight, no doubt.

    Werdum still has to get past Big Nog, other than that i agree that a win over JDS should get Hunt the title-shot.
    Hunt vs Nelson would be epic though.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    DC already said he’s open to fighting Nelson and they should do it, that’d be an interesting fight since Big Country actually has KO power as opposed to Mir, and almost as good ground/grappling as Mir.

  • king mah mah says:

    Nelson vs Cormier is the fight i’d like to see. DC has to earn a title shot here.


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