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Roy Nelson: “I’m in shape to fight.”

Roy Nelson: “I’m in shape to fight.”

UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson may not be one of Dana White’s favorite employees but he’s certainly one of the most willing to step up when it comes to filling in on short notice. Not only was Nelson ready to fight Junior dos Santos last month with a week to prepare if necessary, but he also stepped up for a showdown with Stipe Miocic tonight at UFC 161 under similar circumstances.

However, when Nelson checked in on the scale yesterday at 260 pounds fans began wondering how fit the big-bellied brawler was.

“I’m in shape to fight. That’s all everybody knows. I come to give 110% so no matter what I’m gonna go out and give that,” said Nelson in an interview with Fuel TV after weighing in. “Anybody in the UFC, you wish you had a full training camp to get ready…but you gotta do what you gotta do.”

With three straight TKO wins, it may not matter if Nelson is ready to go fifteen hard minutes or not. However, “Big Country” made it clear he’s not gunning for a knockout and is ready for anything Miocic throws his way.

“No, cause I don’t actually look for it. As long as I’m not looking for it, it actually happens,” he explained.

Nelson-Miocic will serve as tonight’s co-headlining clash. Nelson holds an overall record of 19-7 with past wins over Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo. Meanwhile, Miocic is 9-1 and has finished all but one of the opponents he’s beaten.

The full interview with Nelson can be seen below:

  • Richard Stabone says:

    He should never allow himself to balloon to 260+ pounds, even between fights/traing camps. But that’s Roy. We’ll see if it costs him…this is a pretty huge fight for him on the verge of free agency. The motivation is certainly there but will he have enough physically to hang with the younger, in-shape Miocic? I kinda doubt it, but hopefully it’s an entertaining fight.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    He was 258 for his fight against Kongo. Just sayin.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah that’s a good point, to keep things in perspective. We’re all probably making too big a deal of his 260 figure, as it doesn’t really tell us much about what kinda shape he’s in since he’s frequently fought near that weight. Still, it’s lame that Roy–as a pro athlete–let’s himself go the way he does. Ah well, give us another good show and we’ll all be cheering.


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