In recent history he has taken out Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman, and while his record is riddled with impressive victories, he has come up short against men like JDS, Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir.
UFC President Dana White recently took to Yahoo! Sports to discuss the title prospects of Roy Nelson and what ‘Big Country’ has to do to get his name thrown in the mix.
“Roy loves to say I’ll never give him a title shot. But dude, beat someone and then I’ll give you the shot. Roy is knocking off these guys ranked six through 10, but when he gets to fighting the top five guys, he can’t do the same thing. You’re not going to get a title shot for beating No. 6 and No. 8. You have to beat the top guys.”
“Look, everyone knows how I feel about Roy, and everyone remembers how I felt about Tito [Ortiz]. But I never prevented any fight for Tito from happening. If [Nelson] goes out there and beats the guys ranked head of him, then yeah, he’ll get [a title shot]. But he’s not going to get one just by talking about it and doing whatever the hell he is trying to do. He’s going to have to fight for it, just like everyone else.”