Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson Set as Co-Main Event of UFC 166
The war of words, at least over signing a fight agreement, has come to an end. However, don’t expect the fact that Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson will be stepping into the Octagon at UFC 166 to end the verbal and Twitter exchanges between the two.
The Houston Chronicle broke the news of the signing on Monday night.
Things heated up between Nelson and Cormier, when Nelson (19-8), in an interview with Bleacher Report's Damon Martin, said that Cormier (12-0) had turned down a fight with him on the UFC 161 card. Cormier answered that accusation by telling UFC Tonight (h/t Martin), “I want Roy Nelson. I want to kick his ass. I want to kick his ass for Dana White."
Talk between the two died down a bit after Nelson dropped a unanimous decision to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161. Cormier and Nelson got back into it on Twitter last week, with the back and forth culminating in a handwritten fight agreement that both parties signed. Apparently that was enough for the UFC to extend a more official bout agreement:
One interesting fact about the signing is the lack of mention of a new UFC contract for Nelson. Nelson’s contract expired with his loss to Miocic. A request was made to the UFC looking for information regarding that contract.
UFC 166 will take place on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Headlining the event will be UFC heavyweight champion, and Cormier teammate, Cain Velasquez putting his title on the line against former champion Junior dos Santos.
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