There's nothing phony about Roy Nelson. He really lives out that fat guy image. Cagewriter caught up with him shortly after his big win over Stefan Struve, the obvious question was ... what's next? Instead of immediately throwing out names like James Toney, Junior Dos Santos or Cain Velasquez, Nelson responded by saying, "Waffle House."
That's right after a big postfight meal at one of Charlotte's landmark barbecue joints, Nelson was already gameplanning for the early morning meal before his flight back to Las Vegas. The great thing about Nelson, the restaurant tour wasn't limited to the postfight. He used the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" as a roadmap for his entourage to follow during the lead up the fight. Only Roy Nelson!
Nelson is torn on the subject of Toney. He believes, because of his wrestling and jiu-jitsu, the Toney fight would provide almost no challenge. He knows that he needs to fight a top 10 heavyweight in his next tilt yet the Toney fight would be huge at the box office, garnering him more attention from casual fans. It's a similar scenario to what happened when he beat Kimbo Slice during Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
There's also his salary to consider. He's under the "six-figure" deal that TUF winners receive. Which means his salary, over his next five fights or so, will never really grow much beyond $25,000 to show and $25,000 to win. He made 14 and 14 at Ultimate Fight Night 21 and that was boosted by a $30,000 knockout of the night bonus. So in a way, a slow climb up the ladder of heavyweight opponents may be the better path to take. On the flip side, he's 33 years old and sometimes it's better to strike while the iron is hot. You never know when you may lose via upset against a lesser name fighter.
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