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Roy Nelson talks sponsors, PEDs and interest in dual MMA and pro wrestling careers

Roy Nelson follows up on a hurt Dave Herman at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26, 2012. Photo by Esther Lin via
Roy Nelson follows up on a hurt Dave Herman at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26, 2012. Photo by Esther Lin via

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Roy Nelson got back on the winning track by doing his best Chuck Liddell impersonation, knocking out Dave Herman in the opening minute of the fight with a perfectly placed over-hand right this past weekend (May 26, 2012) at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Immediately after his victory, "Big Country" was seen yelling at somebody sitting cageside. It just so happened to be UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. But why would an employee yell at his bosses?

This is what White had to say at the UFC 146 press conference (via MMA Weekly):

"That was Roy Nelson's (expletive) you to me and Lorenzo. Did you see him come over and yell at us after the fight? It was."

The UFC's head honcho clarified that it was related to a conversation he and Lorenzo had with Nelson about lack of sponsorships, saying Nelson doesn't exactly dedicate enough to his appearance as he does when he steps inside the Octagon, which could possibly lead to some sponsors to shy away from him.

After the jump, Roy clears up the issue (via Bloody Elbow) and discusses performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in mixed marts arts (MMA), as well as his willingness to take a stab at holding down an MMA career while dabbling in professional wrestling.

Check it out:

"I think people are getting all this sponsorship stuff a little confused. I have plenty of sponsors, and I'm the first American that Pretorian has sponsored. It's not about the sponsorship. I think if anything came up, it was talking about how I think I was sponsored by the UFC before, and they never paid their bill. I think that might have been the thing that set it over the edge, like how the UFC kind of controls the sponsorships, and you can't really do what you want. They control a lot of that. As far as companies and me, I go hand in hand with them. I give them more bang for their buck than any other athlete. I'm actually pretty clean. I don't have any DUIs or anything like that. I'm pretty good. I'm a clean cut guy like that."

Nelson also shared his thoughts on PED's in MMA today:

"My wife is pregnant right now, and throughout my career, I've kind of just taken it and taken it and taken it (he was referring to when his opponents used PEDs), because I can always fend for myself and my wife. Now I have a baby on the way, and that's like taking money from my kid. I used to think when I'd fight and beat up people that are doing the stuff that they are not supposed to be doing, I just looked at it as a moral victory for myself. It was like, 'Hey, I just beat that guy, even though he was on the stuff' or he might have beaten me because he was on the stuff, but now I realize that he's actually just taking money from me. I think from now on we should just do random drug tests, because we just did it for this heavyweight card, and it changed the whole landscape of it. Before, I used to say 50/50 (were using PED's), but that number is way higher now, of people I know personally. If I went through the people that I've personally fought in my career, that number would probably be 60-70%."

With former Strikeforce 205-pound champion Muhammed Lawal recently announcing his signing with Bellator as well as pro-wrestling organization Total Nonstop Action (TNA), the not-so pudgy pugilist nelson says he wouldn't mind a dual career himself:

"Why not? I mean, the way I look at it, wrestling is a totally different sport from MMA. I look at it like boxing, which is not even in the same league. It's kind of like Bo Jackson playing baseball and football. Some athletes can master two sports, but most are only good at one. I'm sure that some of the guys that are in the UFC would still be trying to play football and fight if they could. I think me and my wife will actually be talking to them about it, and trying to find out. I'm sure if they can give the blessing for Brock to go over there and do his thing, I don't see why not. All it is doping is adding another demographic and adding more viewers to the UFC brand."

"Big Country" definitely has the personality to make it as a pro wrestler and currently has his sights set on welcoming back former UFC Heavyweight champion and WWE star Brock Lesnar back to the Octagon -- or even taking him on in the squared circle; however, it's highly doubtful that UFC officials would want one of its fighters moonlighting as a pro-wrestler.

In the meantime, Nelson has once again set himself up as a real heavyweight threat in the UFC and given his quick work of "Pee Wee" in "Sin City," Nelson should be good for a quick turn-around.

But against who?

To read the entire interview with Nelson click here.