If Roy Nelson has to step into the cage with Daniel Cormier, he would prefer the fight be at 205 pounds for a shot at UFC champ Jon Jones.
Nelson caught Cormier's attention after his devastating knockout win over Cheick Kongo at UFC 159. Cormier tweeted afterwards that a bout with Nelson would make for a "damn good fight" in his next outing.
The proposed bout appeared to be dead in the water when MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported that Nelson's manager, Mike Kogan, wasn't interested in the fight during Tuesday's episode of UFC Tonight.
According to Kogan, the bout just doesn't make sense. He would much rather see Nelson face Junior Dos Santos, Mark Hunt or Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva if he loses to Cain Velasquez at UFC 160.
During an interview with Steph Daniels of BloodyElbow.com, Nelson explained his manager's reluctance to sign on for a heavyweight bout with Cormier:
I think the reason Mike, my manager, said anything about Daniel, is because he's supposed be getting an immediate title shot at 205. If he's going down to 205, it doesn't really make any sense to fight him, unless we're going to fight for a 205 contendership. Then hey, we can do that, too.
Cormier's itinerary remains unclear with Velasquez reigning as the heavyweight champ.
As close friends and teammates, both fighters have stated on multiple occasions that they aren't open to fighting one another. Unfortunately, this puts the UFC in a tough spot when considering Cormier is currently ranked as the No. 3 heavyweight in the world.
It makes little sense to have Cormier hanging around and knocking off other potential contenders when he has no intention of actually competing for a world title. It just backs up the division.
A bout between Nelson and Cormier at light heavyweight would ensure progression in the division and set Jones up with another intriguing challenger. The biggest hurdle for this bout getting done is Nelson's ability to actually shed the weight.
UFC welterweight Dan Hardy has criticized Nelson in the past for questionable training methods. It would take a serious lifestyle change for him to get down to 205 pounds. In a Facebook campaign awhile back, he teased at dropping the weight if he received 100,000 likes in two weeks on his page.
Unfortunately, the quota wasn't reached, and Nelson continued competing at heavyweight. Looking back, he stands firm that he was serious about dropping the weight if he received the likes:
I'm comfortable at heavyweight, for sure. In trying to get down to 205, I was very serious when I made that Facebook bet. I ended up winning the bet, so I didn't have to drop down to 205. I just try to go out and put on a show for the fans, regardless of what weight I'm at.
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