With his upset decision loss to Stipe Miocic this past Saturday at UFC 161, Roy “Big Country” Nelson now finds himself at the end of his UFC contract, leaving his career at a cross-road. The 36 year old Nelson had rejected a contract extension prior to the bout, hoping a big victory over Miocic would run his win streak to four straight and give him the upper hand with negotiations. Then Stipe Micocic came into down and completely dominated for the full three rounds. Nelson once again proved he can take a punch, but little else came from his performance that night, as he saw himself fall out of the UFC top 10 and probably sent Dana White to sleep afterwards with sweat dreams.
The fact remains that Nelson is a good heavyweight with punching power and an iron chin. He draws well, has loyal fans, and it should be a no-brainer for the UFC to sign a long term deal. Dana White vs. Nelson aside, it makes sense. The problem now though is that the UFC has the upper hand and that should affect the terms of the deal. The real question is whether Roy can come to terms with the organization and the low ball offer they are sure to throw out there.
If the UFC chooses to play games, rest assured Bellator and the WSOF are intently watching, hoping to land Big Country to their lineups….this should get interesting.view original article >>
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