Top-ranked heavyweight slugger, Roy Nelson, is giving up on his quest to join training partner Muhammed Lawal in professional wrestling and has instead turned his attention to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), where he recently applied for the role of Executive Director.
The bearded brawler submitted his application in hopes that a position of power would allow to him drive revenue to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as well as mixed martial arts (MMA) overall. And what better way to make his employer happy than by improving the bottom line?
"Big Country" explains his decision to Bloody Elbow:
"I have put my application in. My wife and I were talking about having something besides fighting to fall back on, and I think I would be able to do some good. This is my hometown, it's where I was born and raised, so I feel it's a way for me to help further the sport. With me, I can draw more people back to Vegas to help the budget. That's a big part of it. Of course I want to help get the sport cleaned up, but helping Nevada financially and bringing more revenue in is one of the primary goals I have. The others involve making sure we have better officiating and better fighter safety. I haven't told them (the UFC) of my intent, but I don't think they'll mind my intentions here. I think they'd probably be happy that I'm just trying to make the sport better. It would be the building of a relationship that would help the UFC, MMA and all of combat sports in Nevada."
Crazier things have happened.
The position became available earlier this month when Keith Kizer announced his resignation, much to the delight of UFC President Dana White, who has been openly critical of Kizer -- and the commission in general -- for a litany of issues, least of which is scoring.
Fear the beard.
White hasn't been that kind to Nelson, either, but this is the fight game and well, people fight. When and where the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 champion competes next remains to be seen, but "Big Country" is hoping to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in May (good timing).
Unless, of course, he's busy doing official NSAC stuff.