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Budhisten 10-10-2012 05:06 PM

Nelson: "I'll fight him, then forget him like everyone else has"

The Ultimate Fighter, hailed as the savior of the UFC, has been suffering lately. The ratings have been fairly dismal, mostly due to a network change and the Friday night death slot on the program schedule. The reality show, now in it's 16th season, does offer some entertainment value, and it's dueling coaches are at the center of it. Recently, Shane Carwin stated that he felt Big Country was a backstabber, and had no respect for him. In this new age of WWE style hype for fights, most things that come out of fighter mouths don't surprise me, but Shane is different. He doesn't trash talk normally. If he has a beef with someone, you can pretty much rest assured that it's an honest one, and not a bunch pro wrestling shtick. The funny thing about this whole affair, is that Nelson says there is no beef, and that he thinks he and Carwin are on great terms. As a matter of fact, Roy was the very epitome of amiability, complementing Shane often. He did manage to get in a subtle dig or two, but overall, seems to view him in a generally favorable light. Here's what he had to say:

You know, I've never butted heads with him. I've never headbutted him either [laughs]. The conversations we've had have been, 'Thank you', 'Yes sir', 'No sir', things like that. Shane Carwin is the former UFC champion. He's the greatest thing. I love that guy. I think he's awesome. I have no ill will toward him.The thing is, I don't really think about Shane Carwin. He's not in my everyday life. I am gonna fight him, and then I'll forget him, just like everybody else has.

With the injury bug taking it's latest toll across the heavyweight division, Nelson has been on Twitter, campaigning for a fight with Cormier, leading some to wonder if he's worried that Shane may not be ready for their December fight, due to a knee injury he sustained a few weeks back.

I'll fight Daniel Cormier, no problem. Gonzaga needs an opponent. I'll fight him, too. I really don't care if Shane is ready or not. I just need to get some fights in. I've got stuff to do. They talk about how they want fighters, well, I'm a fighter. I think one reason why I have fans that love me, is because I go out there and fight. Supposedly, that's what the UFC is built off of, the fighter's hard work. Guess what? That's what I do.

There has been very little to no communication between the Zuffa brass and Roy, regarding any of Roy's offers to take some of the fights, nor has there been anything said to him about Carwin's recovery process. With time winding down, one would think it prudent that a contingency plan would be put in place, should Shane not be able to make their December appointment.

No, I don't get those calls. That would be like a courtesy call. It would be like a respect thing. I don't get those. I get whatever I see on TV, or whatever I see on the internet, the same way you guys do.

TUF producers have a knack for selecting the most sensational material to air, and as expected, they're having a field day with Roy. We asked how he felt about the editing, and he agreed that TUF can totally change fan perception.

Um, I have my opinions, and it's really one of those things where I don't have a big enough soapbox to preach to people [laughs]. They definitely have a knack for painting you in a whole different light with their editing.The fans are the ones that pay the bills, and I care about what they think. Without them, we don't have anything.

UFC president, Dana White, has always been vocal when he's got a perceived issue with someone. Recently, he made some comments about Nelson being difficult to deal with.

He never said I was the worst coach. He said I was the worst coach he ever had to deal with. If he was talking about the worst coach, it would be Shane, because he doesn't even coach. Dana's going to say what he needs to say, and I can't help that. It's just one of those things. We don't really have libel or slander in our business.

Right now, the UFC definitely needs some better luck and solid backup plans in place, because the injury bug is no longer a bug. It's more like a genetic alteration in the DNA of the organization. Gamers like Roy Nelson are in short supply, so it's certainly in the company's interests to keep a guy like this active and happy. Now, we just have to wait and see.

deadmanshand 10-10-2012 05:08 PM


Nelson: "I'll fight him, then forget him like everyone else has"
Dain bramage will do that to a man.

Joabbuac 10-10-2012 05:10 PM

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Carwin is not the former champion...i wish people would stop acting like the interim title counts...

Hammerlock2.0 10-10-2012 05:58 PM

Shane Carwin was a UFC champion?


Point taken, Roy. Point taken.

St.Paul Guy 10-10-2012 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by Hammerlock2.0 (Post 1635757)
Shane Carwin was a UFC champion?


Point taken, Roy. Point taken.

If you count interim belts..... which are dumb.

duckyou666 10-10-2012 09:50 PM

I don't like Nelson. He's always been an arrogant ass, a Fat Arrogant Ass. If I knew nothing of MMA and a friend pointed him out on the street as a professional fighter, my first reaction would be, "Are you serious? MMA is a joke..." From what I remember from TUF 16 E1 or 2, whichever they practiced their first time, didn't Roy only practice a half day or something? That alone makes him the worst coach. Well, Shamrock didn't appear to do too well either, but at least he had a full first practice. I would love to see this fight look like Mur/Carwin. I want this fat bastard to get his head beat in for like 10 seconds while he's unconscious.

Rauno 10-11-2012 09:13 AM

I was willing to give Nelson the benefith of doubt but this really makes no sense.

Shane Carwin is the former UFC champion.
Who in their right mind thinks of Carwin as a former champion? Lesnar was the champion back then, everyone knows that.

I don't really think about Shane Carwin. He's not in my everyday life.
Quite frankly i'd be worried if Carwin was on his everyday thoughts. What does that even mean?

Calibretto9 10-11-2012 09:25 AM

I love Roy.

Soojooko 10-11-2012 09:30 AM


Originally Posted by Calibretto9 (Post 1635943)
I love Roy.

With that avy, I'm not surprised.

Although I'm pretty sure Honda has better cardio.

Canadian Psycho 10-11-2012 02:18 PM


Originally Posted by Soojooko (Post 1635945)
Although I'm pretty sure Honda has better cardio.

High five!

I don't mind Roy. He's a bit of a knob, but he's always good for a solid scrap. I actually expect Carwin vs. Neslon to be a fun watch. Carwin should take it.

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