Nelson Gives ‘Nog’ Grappling Edge But Says He Hits Harder

Last night on FOX Sports 1’s ‘UFC Tonight’, Roy Nelson, stopped by to discuss his upcoming headliner against Minotauro Nogueira.

The two heavyweights face-off on April 11 from Abu Dhabi exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Here’s what ‘Big Country’ told the panel during his stint on last night’s show:

Roy Nelson on his training camp for his fight against Minotauro Nogueira: “It’s much better than my last one. There have been no illnesses for coaches or training partners. I’m looking forward to this one.”

Nelson on rumors he’s been training with Nick Diaz: “Is there a rumor? I’ve trained with Nick a couple of times for this camp.”

Nelson on if he’s better on the ground than Nogueira: “Advantage-wise? Back in the day, I’d say I was an excellent jiu-jitsu guy, but I’m old. I give him the advantage there, because he’s the legend.”

Nelson on if he’d have an advantage standing up: “I hit harder, so I always have an advantage. Look at Dan Hendo.”

Nelson on how serious he was applying for the Nevada State Athletic Commission job: “I took it seriously, just like Chael saying ‘I want to fight for the belt.’ But they made some big changes as soon as I applied, so I wouldn’t have to do the work.”

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