“WHOA…that’s a BIIIIIG belly!” —Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Again, TUF season 10 was absolutely hilarious. Sadly, there were very few decent fighters during that season. The clear runaway was Team Rashad’s Roy “Big Country” Nelson.
While Rampage didn’t bestow a nickname upon Nelson like he did Darrill Schoonover, he made it a point to bring the world’s attention to Nelson’s size. There wasn’t much friction between these two, plus Nelson fights in the heavyweight division.
Nevertheless, if Nelson decides to drop down to light heavyweight as Dana White has been suggesting, what a fight this could make.
“Big Country” is one of the toughest guys fighting in the UFC. He’s had some decent success after winning the TUF season 10 finale, but he has also struggled against the heavyweight division elite.
He went toe-to-toe with Frank Mir, Junior dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum and took their best shots. When the final bell rang, he was still standing. He could pose a serious threat to Rampage given his great punching power.
Nelson has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but as he has shown us, he likes to trade punches. Nelson’s issue has been his cardio. Rampage’s problem is his perceived lack of motivation.
I think these two guys could give us one of the best first rounds a UFC fight has ever seen. However, don’t expect much after that.