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Shane Carwin says Roy Nelson ‘could be that much better’ if he actually listened to coaches

According to Shane Carwin, Roy Nelson could be a better overall mixed martial artist if he actually took the time to listen to coaches.

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Channeling his inner Dana White, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin believes Roy Nelson isn't quite fighting at the fullest of his potential.

For years, White has been open when it comes to his criticism of "Big Country," saying he would be a better fighter if he actually took it serious and shed a pound or three ... or 50. Nelson took the advice of his boss and slimmed down for his past three fights, resulting in a 2-1 record with his lone loss coming at the hands of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143.

Known for not being tied down to one "fight camp," for the most part, Nelson has been a self-taught fighter, obtaining skills and knowledge from other MMA stars along the way.

Carwin, who coached opposite Nelson in season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), believes if Nelson ever decides to add full-time coaches to his staff, he could be a much better fighter, as he recently told Inside MMA:

"Roy and I might be completely different polar opposites of our personalities and things, but he is a talented fighter. If he would get some coaches and actually listen to people, he'd even be that much better."

Nelson has done pretty well for himself doing things his way and following his own path, choosing not to do what just about every other MMA fighter has traditionally done as far as training camps go. So, a change will likely not happen anytime soon.

Come Dec. 15 at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 Finale, in Las Vegas, Nevada, "The Engineer" will find out first-hand if "Big Country" is indeed good enough just the way he is.

Do you think so, Maniacs?

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