"Stefan [Struve] is one of those guys who is the future of the sport. He's the new mold for MMA fighters. He has good striking and submissions... I'm the type of guy that just trains hard and doesn't do anything special for my opponents. It's hard to replicate that type of size; I tried to get in touch with Shaq [O'Neal], but never heard from him... I'm still training at the house; we call it the "country club." We try to make it so it doesn't seem like work, it's just fun."
The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy Nelson will make his first appearance inside the Octagon since winning the reality show last December tonight at UFC Fight Night 21. The man who he is set to face, 6'11" Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve, is as unique of a fighter as there is in the sport of mixed martial arts. But in talking to Larry Pepe during MMAmania.com's exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio this week, "Big Country" admitted that he's doing nothing different to prepare for Struve's size. Nelson also added that instead of joining a reputable training camp to try to take his game to the next level, he is content to just train at his house, which has now been dubbed the "country club." So, do we think Roy is just setting himself up for failure with his lack of specialized training for Stefan? Or, will the former IFL champion's experience be too much for the young Dutch heavyweight? Opinions please.