Roy Nelson will fight Daniel Cormier for immediate 205-pound UFC title shot

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

"Big Country" is down to fight Daniel Cormier, provided he earns the same Light Heavyweight championship opportunity with a win.

While Daniel Cormier thinks a bout against Roy Nelson would be a "damn good fight," "Big Country" doesn't seem too keen on fighting the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner.

Unless, of course, it is a meaningful mixed martial arts (MMA) match.

Indeed, Nelson is coming off a first round knockout victory over Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 last weekend (April 27, 2013), giving him his third consecutive Heavyweight victory inside the Octagon. Cormier, meanwhile, made a successful transition from Strikeforce to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), besting Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 one week earlier.

On the surface, it would appear to be a an ideal match up; however, Cormier is still undecided about his future in the division because his good friend and long-time training partner, Cain Velasquez, is the reigning division champion. And he has hinted that a drop to 205 pounds would be possible if "Brown Pride" retains his title against Antonio Silva in their rematch at UFC 160 later this month.

For now, Cormier is non-committal about his Heavyweight future, playing the waiting game and claiming that he is interested in "big fights."

That's the primary reason Nelson's manager, Mike Kogan, recently revealed that a showdown with Cormier "doesn't make sense," a sentiment that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 winner Nelson echoed to Bloody Elbow. Nelson revealed that he would be more interested in a fight against former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira next rather than Cormier.

Unless, of course, a scrap with Cormier earner him the No. 1 Light Heavyweight contender spot.

His words:

"You know, I think in our sport, there's a couple guys that get to fight everybody like three or four times, and I'm one of those guys, I guess, that get's to fight everybody once. Like, I've been trying to fight Big Nog since after the Junior dos Santos fight, and that was two years ago. I'm all about the big fights. That's why I think a fight with Big Nog would be great. As far Daniel (Cormier), I think the reason Mike, my manger, said anything about Daniel, is because he's supposed be getting an immediate title shot at 205. If he's going down to 205, it doesn't really make any sense to fight him, unless we're going to fight for a 205 contendership. Then hey, we can do that, too."

It's unclear if the portly Nelson -- who not too long ago teased a drop to 205 pounds if he could get 100,000 "Likes" on Facebook.com (he did) -- was actually being serious. But, it would make sense from his perspective, considering Cormier has already locked up an immediate title shot should he make the cut.

Leg be damned.

For what it's worth, Nogueria is currently booked to tango against Fabricio Werdum at UFC on FUEL TV 10 on June 8, 2013. And should he prove victorious against "Vai Cavalo," a fight between "Big Country" and "Big Nog" would seemingly make sense.

Unless, of course, UFC President and Dana White -- along with Cormier -- call Nelson's latest Light Heavyweight bluff.

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