Brock Lesnar vs. Roy Nelson: 10 Reasons UFC Must Make This Fight Happen
Since Brock Lesnar's last fight against Cain Velasquez, speculation has been running rampant about who his next opponent will be.
This is going to be a huge fight for Lesnar to get his MMA career back on track. There have been a few names thrown out there, some make sense, others don't.
The one that seems to make the most sense is Roy Nelson. Here are 10 reasons UFC needs to make this fight happen.
Roy Nelson Wants the Fight
Roy Nelson has been lobbying hard for a fight against Brock Lesnar since the end of that Cain Velasquez fight. He has gone out of his way to make sure that the entire world knows that he wants to take on Brock Lesnar.
Roy Nelson wants to make himself a bigger fighter in the eyes of MMA fans, and he knows that this fight will help him do just that.
It Would Draw Money
Brock Lesnar is the biggest draw in UFC, but his value may have taken a bit of a hit with the performance against Cain.
A fight with Roy Nelson would be the best possible money-making fight that UFC could make with Brock Lesnar, short of a rematch with Cain Velasquez.
Not a Lot of Momentum for Lesnar-Mir III
The rumored fight between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar has not been met with the kind of momentum that Dana White had hoped.
There isn't a lot of clamoring for Lesnar-Mir III, and Dana White being a man of the people wants to make a fight that the people want to see.
Both Men Would Benefit from the Fight
The UFC heavyweight division is not very deep. There are a few guys on top, but the drop in talent from those few guys is significant.
If you book Lesnar-Nelson, the winner would set themselves up for a heavyweight title match between the Junior dos Santos-Cain Velasquez winner.
Dana White Understands the Power of Lesnar
Dana White understands how powerful Brock Lesnar is as a draw and will put him in the best possible scenario to succeed. That's not to say that Lesnar fighting Nelson is a guaranteed win for Lesnar, but it is a winnable fight for him.
UFC gets the most business and buzz with Brock Lesnar at, or near, the top.
They Can Keep Their Biggest Star and Elevate Another Fighter
Imagine the scenario where Brock Lesnar beats Roy Nelson in a grueling, hard-fought three-round fight and what that could mean.
Lesnar gets the win and proves that he is still a great fighter that is getting better in MMA. Nelson doesn't win, but his performance is so good that it elevates him to a point where he can draw and be another star in the heavyweight division.
It's the classic pro-wrestling style story. Obviously, this is real so that would not be guaranteed, but it would still be interesting to see if it happens.
There Aren't a Lot of Other Options for Lesnar
No other fight that UFC could make would do anything to help Lesnar in any way.
If they put him in the octagon with a guy like Mir and he beats him, well he's beaten Mir before.
If he fights a guy like Nogueira, well Nogueira isn't what he used to be, and if Lesnar were to struggle against him, possibly lose, it would kill a lot of Lesnar's drawing power.
The Best Options for Lesnar Are Already Fighting Each Other
The only other fights that Lesnar could be in that would make a lot of sense would be a rematch with Cain Velasquez, which won't happen right away, because Cain will defend the title against Junior dos Santos, the other guy that it would make sense to put against Lesnar.
If the Cain-dos Santos fight is a slaughter, and Lesnar wins against Nelson you have setup a title fight. If the Cain-dos Santos fight is close, but a clear winner emerges, you can set up a number one contender fight between Lesnar and the loser and then the title fight.
These are scenarios that give UFC at least three money fights.
The Fight Will Be Entertaining
Roy Nelson is nothing if not entertaining. He has a great, entertaining fighting style, and Brock Lesnar has never had a bad fight in UFC.
With Dana White being so concerned about who is and who isn't having good, entertaining fights, this one makes too much sense to ignore.
People Want to See It
What better reason is there other than it is something that the people really want to see?
There are a lot of ways that UFC can go with Lesnar in his next fight, but the best, and most obvious way, is with Roy Nelson.