UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson may not be a physical specimen but he’s one helluva fighter, compiling an overall record of 17-7 including fifteen finishes and stoppages over the likes of Mirko Filipovic, Brendan Schaub, and Stefan Struve. Nelson will be gunning for his fifth win in the Octagon tonight at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale against Matt Mitrione who he plans to put away if at all possible.
Mitrione has never been finished, though that of course won’t deter Nelson from going for the knockout…
On knockout power:
“Everybody loves the longball and everybody loves a knockout. The thing about it is, with the heavyweights, the casual UFC fan doesn’t like the ground as much, and the UFC is definitely a popularity sport, so it definitely helps to be a popular person. The only time you’re allowed to be the guy that just wins is once you have the belt, because once you have the belt, everybody loves just a straight-up winner.”
On his future plans:
“I just want to make sure I fight the best in the world. I’d like to rematch Junior dos Santos or fight whoever has the belt, but I think Junior will have the belt at the end of December. I’d also like to make sure my kid has a retirement (fund). Just things like that, and being more business savvy versus just being more ego driven where it’s like I just wanna fight.”
(Mitrione) wasn’t even on my radar, but now he’s on my radar because he picked a fight. If you’re gonna ask for a fight, I’m more than willing to take the challenge. You never want to poke the bear. You might get bit.”
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