UFC 117 boasts a type of grudge match which has never been seen before in the organization’s history: Fighter vs. President.
There has been no love lost between Dana White and his outspoken opinions of Roy Nelson. From his rants on the TUF reality show to his comments following Nelson’s win over Struve, White has shown the world that the words “Roy Nelson” leave a bitter taste in his mouth.
And what does Roy do about this? He keeps on winning.
After winning a highly anticipated (and quickly deflated) TUF Heavyweights, Nelson went on to KO Stefan Struve in under a minute in his follow-up UFC fight. Winning a fight like this might put you in the top 20 of an organization, but who does White give to Nelson?
Junior dos Santos has been a UFC wrecking machine since his debut knock out over Fabricio Werdum, (the man who now boasts the only legitimate win over Russian sensation Feodor Emelianenko) and has gone on to defeat the following list of UFC Heavyweight contenders: Stefan Struve (TKO), Mirko Cro Cop (Submission), Gilbert Yvel (TKO), and Gabriel Gonzaga (KO).
So how does Roy Nelson get a shot at the man many believe is the No. 1 contender?
Dana White is sending a clear message with this fight: Roy Nelson will either have to put up or shut up. Clearly this fight appears on paper to be a tune up fight for Dos Santos as he waits for the winner of Lesnar vs Velasquez, but what if Nelson can pull off this upset?
Would a win over Dos Santos be enough to put Roy in the No. 1 contender spot? Could a guy who looks like your “beer drinking lawn mower pushin’ hillbilly neighbor who won a reality show” really get a shot at the gold?
If you’re Roy Nelson, you’re hoping that’s exactly what your future looks like.
If you think that you have to look the part to be a legend in this sport, Roy Nelson may make you change your mind this August.