Roy Nelson has dropped three of his last four fights, and has dropped out of the title shot race as a result, but “Big Country” knows he can change all that with a few, well timed bombs…
As you likely know, Nelson is scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem this Saturday at UFC 185, which will feature the promotion’s #8 and #9 ranked heavyweights respectively. Two years ago, Nelson was within reach of a title shot, but his rise up the ranks was halted by Stipe Miocic in June, 2013.
Since then, Nelson has KO’d Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but he’s also incurred a decision loss to Daniel Cormier, and a stoppage loss to Mark Hunt. Despite his recent setbacks, however, Nelson understands that he’ll be right back in the title shot hunt, provided he can score a couple of big wins.
While talking to UFC.com recently about this Saturday’s bout, Nelson was quoted saying:
“The one thing about the heavyweight division and the top 15 is that you’re pretty much two fights away,” Nelson said. “Travis Browne fought Brendan Schaub, and I think Brendan was number 15. Travis was number three or two, and if Schaub would have won that fight, his next fight might have been for the belt. And that’s one fight. That’s one thing about our division. We’re so close in the top 15, if you have a good day at the office, you can change a lot of things. Our division can change with one punch.”
Yes, and Nelson has been known to inflict a lot of damage with just one punch. But, the question is whether he’ll be able to do so against Overeem. It’s an interesting and pivotal fight, as Overeem also needs a win to stay in the top ten rankings.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.