Seems another fighter has come out and accused Elite XC of favoritism towards fighters, in an interview with MMA weekly, Roy Nelson accuses Elite XC of giving Arlovski 3 weeks notice for the fight, while Nelson was only given 1.
Still the overall situation could go even deeper because the former IFL champ says that Arlovski may have had prior knowledge about their fight, giving him more time to prepare.
“We were having dinner afterwards and Andrei’s guys were coming over and they were just talking about how they had been studying me and watching film and stuff and they’ve been doing it for over three weeks, and I was like, ‘huh?” Nelson stated. “And I didn’t say anything to them, but it makes you kind of wonder, three weeks? I thought you were on the same (one) week plan that I was? When you see all the politics all unfold and that made it very interesting.”
He then goes on to accuse the referee of playing favorites to Arlovski on the ground as well, standing the fighters up when Nelson was in a clearly dominant position.
“A quote from Kimbo… it is what it is,” said Nelson in an interview with MMAWeekly.com about the stand up. “The thing is I had a Kimura and I let the Kimura go to go to side control to go get the mount. As soon as I let go of the Kimura to go into side control where I could just basically make Andrei work a little bit more, and just kind of tire him out, and make him feel the weight. As soon as I did that, first thing they did was stand me up.”
Nelson wasn’t the only fighter on the card that night to question the refereeing. During an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio, EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields also mentioned that shortly after taking Paul Daley down in their fight, just as he was transitioning to mount, the referee was warning them to keep busy or the fight would be stood up.
According to Nelson, he also heard about the referee situation from Shields, but added that he doesn’t feel that was the real problem he was facing when challenging a popular fighter like Andrei Arlovski.
“Jake was telling me about it, but the difference between me and Jake is they wanted Jake to win,” Nelson commented.
Man, this is playing out like one hell of a soap opera, first KJ, then Petrezelli and now Roy Nelson accusing Elite XC of attempting to fix fights. Maybe they should try their hand at pro wrestling instead, WWXC anyone?