It was only a few weeks ago that former Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson was teasing a potential move down to light heavyweight in conjunction with a Facebook contest.
Nelson had stated in early March that after making a bet with a friend that if he reached 100,000 likes on the Mark Zuckerberg driven social site, that he would make the attempt to cut down to 205 pounds.
The bet was that he would try to cut down to 205 pounds if the numbers reached 100,000-plus in less than two weeks.
Well, it took well less than two weeks for Nelson to reach the plateau, but then just days later it was announced that he would be fighting at UFC 146 in May against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a heavyweight bout.
Despite the matchmaking, is Nelson still ready to follow through with his bet after this fight is over?
“Actually, the ‘likes’, I got like 80,000 in a day, so I like to think I’m well liked, but a lot of people as soon as they found out I was fighting at heavyweight, they didn’t want me to drop down, they wanted me to stay at heavyweight,” Nelson said on Tuesday at the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference.
“I think they just like to see me fight.”
While he didn’t rule out a potential move down to 205lbs in the future, it appears for now the ’round mound of knockout’ will keep banging heads at heavyweight, starting at UFC 146.
“I’ll do like the Chuck Liddell/Randy Couture, I’ll fight at 205 for retirement,” Nelson said.
Nelson faces Silva as part of the main card of an all heavyweight five fight show at UFC 146, headlined by champion Junior Dos Santos making the first defense of his title against top contender Alistair Overeem.
Check out Roy Nelson’s comments at Tuesday’s UFC 146 press conference in Las Vegas…