Roy Nelson Cost Himself A Lot Of Money After Brual UFC 161 Loss (VIDEO)
Stipe Miocic laid a beating on Roy Nelson for three rounds at UFC 161, and the loss has cost Nelson a lot more than his pride.
“Big Country” was offered a contract extension earlier this year, and he turned it down because he wanted more money. At the time, Nelson had won three straight fights by way of knockout. Like many fighters in the UFC, “Big Country” has been critical of UFC fighter pay, and he was feeling pretty good about his position in the heavyweight rankings. Couldn’t he cash in after winning a fourth straight fight?
Not so fast.
Nelson was brutalized by Miocic, and when he re-enters contract negotiations with the UFC, he won’t have two legs to stand on. The highs ad lows of the fight business are unlike any other industry. With a couple impressive wins, you can be fighting for millions of dollars. on the other hand, if you lose a few straight fights you could be un-employed. Tough, tough business. I respect the hell out of these fighters for the risk they take both physically, and professionally.
Here’s a great write up by MMAJunkie’s Ben Fowlkes about Roy Nelson’s failed gamble…
WINNIPEG – Roy Nelson hadn’t even made it back to his corner after Round 2, and already his wife was out of her cageside seat, straining to make herself heard over the noise of the crowd.
The words she chose didn’t make it all the way across the cage to press row, so I can’t tell you exactly what she said to her husband in that tender moment. Judging by body language alone, it didn’t seem like she was trying to tell him what a good job he was doing against Stipe Miocic in Saturday’s UFC 161 co-main event.
Can you blame her? Nelson bet big on himself when he spurned the UFC’s offer of a contract extension and opted instead to fight the last fight of his current deal without a secure plan for his future in place. If he won, he could up his asking price and stick it to UFC President Dana White all at the same time – two of his favorite pastimes of late.
It’s just that, by the time the second round had ended and a depleted Nelson had staggered back to his corner, it seemed increasingly unlikely that his gamble was going to pay off.
If Nelson’s goal was to prove to his employers that he’s an elite heavyweight who deserves to be paid like one, it didn’t pan out so well. For three rounds Miocic danced around him, knocking the sweat off his bearded, battered head with one stinging punch after another. All Nelson (19-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) could do was fling his overhand right in Miocic’s general direction in between desperate gulps of air. When the final horn sounded, Miocic (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) immediately put his hands in the air. Nelson put his on his knees, leaning over in the posture of a man who was concentrating very hard on not throwing up.
At the post-fight press conference, White announced that Nelson had set a new UFC record for “significant strikes absorbed.” I’m sure there are worse stats you could own as a fighter, but not many.