Roy Nelson reveals to Bloody Elbow that he will be fighting for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the remainder of his combat sports career after he reached an agreement to re-sign with the ZUFFA-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
After fulfilling his final fight on his previous contract against Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, the husky heavyweight decided it was best to cross the finish line for UFC and agreed to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
While he didn't go into specifics, "Big Country" says he signed a big contract -- reportedly a nine-fight deal -- that will see the 37 year-old retire a UFC employee.
"I do have a new UFC contract. You could say that I'll be fighting for the UFC for the rest of my life. The contract is that big. You won't see me fight anywhere else, unless the UFC goes under. I don't think that's ever going to happen."
Nelson was riding high with a three-fight win streak before running into Miocic last month in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, losing the bout via unanimous decision after taking the contest on short notice.
But apparently, all is now well. Either that, or White had nothing to do with negotiations (it happens). In the end, "Big Country" can rest easy knowing he won't have to start filling out job applications for the foreseeable future.
Are you surprised Nelson and UFC agreed to terms?