LAS VEGAS -- Former International Fight League heavyweight champion
Nelson bore the brunt of UFC President Dana White’s criticism
during Season 10 of “The
Ultimate Fighter,” but he declined to fire back when the
opportunity presented itself.
“It doesn’t really matter as long as he’s talking about me,” Nelson
said during an open workout on Thursday. “He was impressed with my
last fight, but to be honest, I thought my last fight was my least
White often appeared aggravated with Nelson’s confidence and
post-fight antics, as he defeated Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson,
Wren and James
McSweeney en route to the heavyweight final. He will attempt to
consummate his reality TV journey when he meets Brendan
Schaub at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale on Saturday at the
Palms Casino Resort.
Nelson, who finished Slice and McSweeney from a topside crucifix
position, has no regrets with how he performed on the show.
“I felt I did great,” he said. “I won. That’s first and
In the final, Nelson will tackle the unbeaten Schaub, a 26-year-old
Colorado native who trains alongside UFC middleweight contender
Marquardt and undefeated heavyweight behemoth Shane
“Brendan’s a tough guy,” Nelson said. “He doesn’t get flustered. If
he gets in a bad position, he’s not squirming to get out. But if I
do what I’m supposed to do, I should come out victorious.”
Nelson -- who will carry a two-fight losing streak into the finale
-- views the bout as a culmination of his hard work. The
33-year-old pot-bellied pugilist wants to show he belongs on the
“I’ve always thought of myself as a top heavyweight,” Nelson said.
“You throw me in with the lions, and I’ll be ready to bite down on