If Roy Nelson decides to re-sign with the UFC, he has an opponent ready and willing to meet him in the Octagon, Daniel Cormier.
Nelson is currently without a UFC contract. His deal with the promotion expired with his UFC 161 unanimous decision defeat to Stipe Miocic. That loss put Nelson’s overall record at 19-8 and his UFC record at 6-4. Each of those six UFC victories came by way of knockout.
Cormier, speaking to MMAFighting.com has encouraged Nelson to put pen to paper so that the two of them can take care of what Cormier referred to as “unfinished business” at UFC 166.
Cormier’s issue with Nelson stems from early June when Nelson told Bleacher Report that he thought Cormier had turned down a fight with him at UFC 161. Cormier did not take to kindly to that statement, revealing on UFC Tonight, “I want Roy Nelson. I want to kick his ass. I want to kick his ass for Dana White."
Cormier told ESPN.com that he wants to take one more fight at the heavyweight limit before dropping to light heavyweight. Cormier is 12-0 as a professional. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Cormier is currently ranked second in the UFC’s heavyweight division, while Nelson is ranked seventh.
As for who he would fight at light heavyweight following the Nelson bout, Cormier tweeted:
UFC 166 is scheduled to take place on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The fight card will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Cain Velasquez and former champion Junior dos Santos. The fight will be the third meeting between the two; the pair split the previous meetings, Dos Santos winning by knockout and Velasquez winning by decision.