Large and in charge.
Often criticized for his physical appearance, pudgy pugilist Roy Nelson has proven time and again that it isn't what a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter looks like, but what he can do once he steps inside the cage that counts.
And he has the (technical) knockouts on his professional record to prove it.
While his three previous opponents boasted better physical muscular attributes, "Big Country" easily floored Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo -- who looks like he was chiseled out of stone -- in the very first round.
Not too flabby.
Speaking at today's (June 4, 2013) UFC 161 media conference call (full recap here) Nelson explained the reason he doesn't look like the "typical" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter is because, unlike most, he hasn't abused performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
"People that tend to be in our sport tend to abuse performance enhancing drugs and that's the reason why I don't look like a typical UFC fighter."
Furthermore, the heavy-handed Heavyweight is confident he can knockout any of the "top of the food chain" fighters on any given day, saying there is a reason no one at the top of the division can hold the belt for longer than two fights.
"Anybody in the UFC is the top of the food chain. If we weren't, we wouldn't be in the UFC. Any of the 25 people on the UFC (heavyweight) roster can be heavyweight champion at any one time. That's why none of the heavyweights can hold the belt for more than two fights at a time unless they're fighting the same guys over and over. On any given day, I know I can beat anybody up and knock anybody out."
And while Nelson would love nothing more than to collect his fourth straight knockout inside the Octagon against Stipe Miocic in the co-main event of UFC 161, which takes place n Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013, at the end of the day, it's the win he's after.
Can Nelson and his bulging waistline do it again or will the more muscular Miocic get himself back in the win column at the expense of "Big Country?"