roy-nelson-23.jpgHeavyweight Roy Nelson is never one to shy away from stirring the pot, and today during a conference call in support of next week’s UFC 161 event, he did that a few times.

Nelson (19-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC), a frequent antagonist of UFC President Dana White, fights Stipe Miocic (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at the June 15 event. Today he took a shot at his UFC stablemates as he talked about the portly, shaggy appearance that his UFC boss counts as one of several gripes with the fighter.

“I don’t know if it works in my favor,” Nelson said. “It’s just people that tend to be in our sport tend to abuse performance-enhancing drugs, so that’s the reason why I probably don’t look like the typical UFC fighter.

Later asked to explain why he is fighting Miocic instead of potential opponent Daniel Cormier (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at next week’s pay-per-view event, Nelson threw another sideways jab and hinted that Cormier turned down a proposed bout.

“I think I got offered Cormier, and I think he turned it down, and then they went down the list,” he said. “I think Travis Browne (was a possibility), and so forth and so forth.”

Cormier could not be reached for comment.

Nelson vs. Miocic now serves as UFC 161's co-main event after an injury to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira scratched a planned co-headliner with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The event takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Miocic is ranked No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings. (Cormier currently sits at No. 3, and Nelson is No. 7.)

That’s a steep step down in stature, but Nelson, who’s stopped his past three opponents with punches, said the switch was simply a matter of which fighter stepped up first. Brown, for instance, is booked to meet Alistair Overeem at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in August.

“Stipe was already on the card, and Stipe is the one that said yes,” Nelson said.

According to Nelson’s manager, Mike Kogan, the bout is the last the fighter’s current contract. However, Nelson has no plans to stop ruffling feathers any time soon – especially if he keeps concussing opponents.

“On any given day, I know I can knock anybody out,” Nelson said.

For the latest on UFC 161, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jon Jones: ‘Outside of Me, Daniel Cormier is the Next Best Thing’

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

Interim light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones says champion Daniel Cormier is 'the next best thing' in the 205-pound division. read news >>

Sid Bice Wants to Show He Can Fight the Best the World Has to Offer

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

Not looking ahead, Sid "Vicious" Bice heads into Titan FC 38 looking to show that he can fight the best fighters in the world. read news >>

Roy Nelson vs. Derrick Lewis Booked for UFC Fight Night 90 Co-Main Event

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

Hard-hitting heavyweights Roy Nelson and Derrick Lews Nelson are booked to meet in the UFC Fight Night 90 co-main event on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. read news >>

Daniel Cormier Reveals UFC 200 Game Plan for Jon Jones Rematch

  • 23 days ago
  • 86 views

Light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones will rematch at UFC 200. Cormier says he’s not changing his game plan from their first fight. read news >>

Daniel Cormier Sympathizes with Conor McGregor, ‘But It’s Part of the Job’

  • 22 days ago
  • 35 views

Daniel Cormier weighs in on media obligations and Conor McGregor being removed fro the UFC 200 fight card. "It's part of the job." read news >>

How Daniel Cormier Can Beat Jon Jones at UFC 200

  • 22 days ago
  • 87 views

Daniel Cormier, be careful what you wish for. Sometimes dreams come true. For Cormier, that day comes at UFC 200. He'll get one more chance to prove that he can beat Jon Jones, widely considered the read news >>

UFC 200 Free Fight: Jon Jones Dominates, Defends Belt Against Daniel Cormier

  • 22 days ago
  • 19 views

Relive the first match-up between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 before their heated rivalry hits the Octagon again at UFC 200. read news >>

Daniel Cormier: Stem Cells Have Him on Track for Jon Jones at UFC 200

  • 21 days ago
  • 26 views

UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier says stem cells have his injured leg on the mend. His only UFC 200 stumbling block? Himself. read news >>

VIDEO: Matt Brown Turns His Back and Flips Off Brazilian Crowd at UFC 198 Weigh-In

  • 12 days ago
  • 111 views

Welterweight contender Matt Brown turned his back to the Brazilian crowd at the UFC 198 weigh-in on Friday, and flipped off those in attendance. read news >>

Shogun Rua vs. Corey Anderson Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 198

  • 12 days ago
  • 31 views

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua turned back the clock at UFC 198 and picked up a split-decision win against Corey Anderson on the main card in Curitiba, Brazil, on Saturday. MMAjunkie tweeted out the scorecard read news >>