Look on the bright side, at least he got to keep his beard.
Consistently inconsistent heavyweight Roy Nelson looks to get back into the win column against fellow future Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Daniel Cormier, when they trade leather at this Saturday night's (Oct. 19, 2013) UFC 166 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
It won't be easy.
Not because of the challenges an opponent like "DC" presents, but rather because Nelson was forced to endure the "crappiest camp" he's ever had in the weeks leading up to his showdown in "The Lone Star State." You know, Murphy's Law and all that stuff.
"Big Country" breaks it down for MMA Fighting:
"This has actually probably been the crappiest camp that I've ever had. It is what it is. I lost (head boxing coach) Jeff (Mayweather) probably about two weeks into camp. I lost (training partner Muhammed ‘King) Mo' Lawal. I lost Ryan Martinez, because in Bellator he broke his hand. It was just one of those camps where anything possibly that could've happened, happened. So you just kind of deal with (it). I mean, I've been in the game long enough to know what I'm supposed to do and put the work in. And at the end of the day, that's what it is."
Crap or no crap, Nelson still came out of it looking better than ever (see the photographic evidence here).
Even with a win, there is no guarantee the portly power puncher sticks around in the 265-pound division. With convincing losses to Junior dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum, who are both ranked ahead of him in the heavyweight pecking order, he might have more momentum with a run at light heavyweight.