Now that former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Lawal has split his time between mixed martial arts (MMA) and professional wrestling, the flood gates are officially open.
At least for Roy Nelson.
"Big Country," who fights Dave Herman on the main card of UFC 146 this Saturday night (May 26, 2012) at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, already has his sights set on another wrestler-turned-fighter-turned wrestler.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Champion tells MMA Weekly that after he disposes of "Pee Wee" Herman at the "Dos Santos vs. Mir" pay-per-view (PPV) event this weekend, he "might have to call out Brock Lesnar, go to WWE and whoop his ass."
"I think [King Mo opened] a lot of doors for a lot of different fighters, and it actually opens up a lot of fighter's eyes that there's other ways to make a living, that you can actually do both sports. It's like it's okay to be a Deion Sanders playing football and baseball, or like a Bo Jackson playing football and baseball. It's good that athletes can do that. After I beat Pee Wee, I might just have to call out Brock Lesnar. I might just have to go to WWE because I might just have to call him out, go to WWE, and whoop his ass."
He also tells Ariel Helwani the former UFC Heavyweight Champion's title run was "set up" on a silver platter and that using Lesnar logic, he should expect his own crack at the crown after a win on Saturday night in "Sin City."
Those comments after the jump.
"You know what? If Brock belongs in the hall of fame, so do I. It's not that hard to win the title when it's set up that way for you. Pretty much [a silver platter]. After Dave Herman, I guess I get a title shot. Interim! Because someone's gonna get hurt."
Nelson is, of course, referring to Lesnar's transition back to the squared circle after his retirement last December, which stemmed from a bout with diverticulitis and a couple of first-round ass-kickings inside the Octagon.
Anyone think "Big Country," who is just 1-3 over his last four fights, shouldn't be talking any trash? Or does he really intend to follow Lesnar to the WWE when his UFC run is up?
Work or shoot?