It's not uncommon to see Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters calling each other out. What is a bit uncommon, is when those same UFC athletes are heard calling out fighters who are not even signed with the promotion.
"Big Country" is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Dave Herman at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., May 26, 2012. It's unclear who he will fight next, but recently, rumors surfaced about another former UFC 265-pounder possibly making a return to the Octagon.
Brock Lesnar was seen sitting cageside during UFC 146's pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast, leading many fans to question the significance of the sighting. The meaning behind Lesnar's appearance has not yet been explained, but Nelson wants to make one thing clear: If Brock is coming back to the UFC, he wants first crack at him:
"You know what? Brock coming back, if he does come back, I would love to welcome him back to the UFC. That was a fight that I actually called him out on ESPN, before. But if they actually make him come back, or if he actually thinks about coming back, he'll probably come back to fight Frank Mir, because I think that's the only fight he thinks he can win. But, you know what? I would love to have that fight with Brock."
Nelson went on to joke about the possible comeback. When asked if he thought Mark Hunt might make a suitable opponent for Lesnar, he laughed, then implied that regardless of Lesnar's first opponent, a win would guarantee him an immediate title shot.
"You know, if fans wanted to see it, fighting Mark Hunt would be good. But all you have to do is fight anyone in the UFC and that will give you the next title shot."
After Nelson's win over Herman at UFC 146, the cameras onhand caught "Big Country" yelling, through the fence, at UFC President Dana White and his Zuffa business partner, Lorenzo Fertitta. When asked about the scene, during the UFC 146 post-fight press conference, White told reporters they'd have to ask Nelson if they wanted to know what he said.
The guys at "Inside MMA" did that, but they didn't get much more of an answer out of the often ambiguous Nelson:
"You know, this is a family show, so I wouldn't be able to tell ya. You'd have to go to RoyNelson.com, or buy my new book that's coming out. The 'PG' version would be, 'beep beep beep beep.'"
It looks like a virtual lock that Cain Velasquez will get a rematch versus heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, after both fighters were victorious at UFC 146.
Nelson was asked if the decision bothered him, given the fact that the last time the two fought, it was a quick and one-sided beating, in favor of "JDS." Nelson was as enigmatic as ever with his answer. You can read between the lines:
"Is that upsetting? No, not really. The way you gotta look at it, you know, Cain fought 'Bigfoot,' and that was the guy I was supposed to fight. So if I woulda fought 'Bigfoot' and won, I woulda got the title shot. That's how it works in MMA."
Finally, Nelson commented on his ever-growing popularity with the fans. Specifically, he was asked if his win at UFC 146 may have opened the eyes of his bosses, in regard to his fan base.
Here's what he had to say:
"I think they (Zuffa) already knew that. I think it's just that I'm showing everybody else that I know it too, instead of, like, playing stupid about it. We're just sharing the information with everybody, going, 'Everybody likes to watch Roy Nelson fight.'"
Roy Nelson doesn't always answer questions directly, but when he does, he talks about himself in the third person.