With a win under his belt at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale over Matt Mtirione, you didn’t really think Roy Nelson‘s focus on VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) was just going to go away did you? In fact, don’t expect it to ever stop. Whether Nelson is really trying to clean up the sport or he is just trying to needle UFC President Dana White is open for interpretation. What we do know now is that this wasn’t something Nelson aimed at only original opponent Shane Carwin – it’s a practice he plans on on doing from now on.
Nelson told Bloody Elbow:
If you fight Roy Nelson, don’t be surprised if you get asked to participate in VADA. If I can get sponsored, and I can offer a gift to my opponent, it has nothing to do with calling people out or accusing them of anything. It has to do with cleaning up the sport. I want to help keep the sport as pure as possible. I think a lot of people get confused. When I say ‘get sponsored’, I mean on both sides, both figfhters. I’ve basically taken all your freaking excuses out. ‘Oh, it’s gonna cost me money.’ Nope. I’ve taken that out. ‘Oh, I don’t have time.’ Nope. They come to you. You shouldn’t have excuses. It’s a yes or no question. You either think you’re clean, or you’re not.
Nelson spoke of TUF Finals and Colton Smith:
I think at the end of the day, when you’re in TUF, it’s a game show. The goal is to win, so if Colton Smith had the ugliest fight, but won the show, like he did, they have to give him a contract, because that’s the rules. He won the show, and after that, he can fight any which way he wants. They can’t take it away from him, because it’s a game show. He had a game plan, and he executed it. He went out there and rode a guy’s back for three rounds. I think they thought Mike Ricci was gonna win, otherwise GSP wouldn’t have gotten on a plane and come out to be in his corner, but Colton beat him up.
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