Daniel Cormier Looks to Tame Roy Nelson’s Beard for UFC 166

September 3, 2013 11:56 am by Christopher Murphy

Before heavyweight fighter, Daniel Cormier, faces Roy Nelson at UFC 166, the former Olympic wrestler will be looking to make some changes about his opponent’s appearance.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

The MMA world was thrilled to hear the announcement that Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier would be fighting one another at UFC 166.  The only person who had reservations, it seems, was Cormier.

At the UFC’s Fight Club Q&A session in Milwaukee prior to last weekend’s UFC 164 bouts, Cormier explained his concerns coming into UFC 166.

The thing about [Nelson’s] beard is it doesn’t seem to be well-kept, so I’m going to request that there’s a rubber band in it and that it comes straight down.  Also, I’m going to ask that they put his hair in two plaits off to the side.  Part it down the middle, plait it on the sides.  I don’t want it all in my face.”

Cormier very well could submit an official request to the Texas commission that oversees UFC 166.  The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has rules that state, “each contestant must be clean and present a tidy appearance,” but what the commission would decide depends on Cormier’s actions.

Cormier (12-0) is coming into the fight off a dominant 3-round victory over Frank Mir, successfully making his transition to the UFC from Strikeforce.  Though his upcoming fight against Nelson is a heavyweight bout, much of the talk has been of Cormier dropping to 205 lbs. to fight light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.

I’m going to go down regardless,” Cormier told fans about moving to 205.  “I’ve already kind of started.  I’ve been lighter.  I’m 228, 227 pounds now, and I feel good.  I feel fast, and it’s something I want to do.

I’ve got two young kids now, and I want to try and live a little healthier.  I was kind of opposed to dieting for a long time, and now I’m doing those types of things.”

For Nelson (19-8), he’s coming into this fight off a loss to Stipe Miocic where the taller Miocic was able to stifle Nelson’s game with his longer reach.  Prior to that fight, which Nelson took on short notice, ‘Big Country’ was riding a streak of three consecutive first-round knockouts.

Cormier vs. Nelson will be the co-main event of UFC 166, sharing the stage with UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, in his third fight against Junior Dos Santos.  The card will take place October 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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