There is a large number of people in the mixed martial arts community who would answer “Fedor” if asked the question “who is the greatest MMA heavyweight of all time?”.
Current UFC heavyweight contender Roy “Big Country” Nelson is not one of those people.
The former TUF Season 10 winner recently explained to FOX Sports why he doesn’t believe a MMA Heavyweight GOAT exists:
“I don’t think there’s actually a greatest heavyweight. I think with every heavyweight there’s a style that makes for a different fight with different fighters. Styles always make fights and everybody always has a number. Sometimes you have a bad day, sometimes you don’t. The best example would be (Junior) Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. The first time they fought, Cain got flattened. There’s another two times where Cain made up for it, learned from his mistakes, had a bad day. In our business when you have a chance to fight a guy twice — I’ll let you get one on me but the second time I guarantee I’m going to beat you.”
Roy Nelson will meet fellow knockout artist Mark Hunt in the main event of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 52 event in Japan. It is a fight that “Big Country” is very much looking forward to as he knows the “Super Samoan” is a true fighter who goes for the finish:
“That was the best part of the PRIDE guys — they’d go out and entertain. They’d either get knocked out or knock somebody out, they were always trying to finish the fight. I think nowadays some of the decline in our sport is fighters trying to be fighter/athletes which are point fighters versus just being fighters. He is definitely a fighter. Anybody that was from the old PRIDE days is a fighter.”
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