COMMENTARY | Roy "Big Country" Nelson was on a roll heading into his last fight against Stipe Miocic, racking up first-round knockout victories against Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo. His brutal finishes of Herman and Kongo earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors.
Unfortunately for Roy, he wasn't able to find Miocic's chin with one of his trademark overhand rights during their UFC 161 tilt, losing via unanimous decision after getting out-boxed by Stipe for 15 minutes, bringing his journey towards a heavyweight title shot to an abrupt halt.
The loss couldn't have come at a worse time for Nelson, as the fight against Miocic signified the end of his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
However, things have, surprisingly, worked out quite well for Nelson (19-8-0, 12 KOs) despite his tumultuous relationship with UFC president Dana White.
The formerly tubby-bellied fighter has since resigned with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and he also won the promotion's heavyweight sweepstakes, getting signed to fight highly-touted Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier (12-0-0, 5 KOs) at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
A win against Cormier and Nelson's poor showing against Miocic becomes ancient history, reinserting "Big Country" into the heavyweight -- and perhaps light-heavyweight -- title picture.
That doesn't mean everything is going smoothly for Nelson heading into UFC 166.
Roy's boxing coach, Jeff Mayweather, has been under the weather lately, making him unable to train Nelson for his upcoming bout against Cormier. Big Country has also had some difficulty finding sparring partners.
"This is probably the worst training camp I have ever had just off of the fact that I lost Jeff Mayweather with his health situation and I lost some training partners," Nelson explained during an interview with Percy Crawford. "But you know...hey...I'm a fighter and I'm going to go out and fight."
Regardless of the issues with his training camp, Big Country is confident he's done enough to defeat Cormier on Saturday.
"At the end of the day, I'm going to put on a show and everybody in Houston is going to be cheering Roy Nelson," Roy added. "All I gotta say is make sure you watch on October 19th on pay-per-view at 7 pm. You are definitely gonna see some...I can't say what's going to happen on the other side, but there is going to be some thunderbolts and lightening thrown from my side."
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