UFC Heavyweight and The Ultimate Fighter season 16 fighter Roy Nelson was nothing less than loquacious on Wednesday afternoon when he met with media at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He took time to explain what he sees as the main issue between him and UFC President Dana White, talked about his upcoming fight with Shane Carwin and explained that they’ve both agreed voluntarily to do VADA testing prior to their scrap on December 15th at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Ultimate Fighter Finale.
Both Dana White and Roy Nelson have been very vocal about the issues the two of them have had. The last episode of the Ultimate Fighter was called, “Can’t Fix Stupid” a comment White actually made in the episode when Nelson said the NSAC hadn’t properly documented his fighter’s opponent weight properly. Nelson wanted to protest the weigh-in with the commission, Dana advised him against it. But the weigh-in seemed like any other and nothing about it seemed controversial to which Dana said “You can’t fix stupid.”
Roy shed some light and how he thinks he and White should settle their differences.
“I think me and Dana are gonna fight, I think I even offered. We’ll handle it like men, like everybody else,” Nelson said. “But at the end of the day, December 15th I’m fighting Shane Carwin. He’s going to settle his beef with me and I’m gonna squash the juice with him. Pretty much if the fight happens, it happens.”
Roy Nelson answered that he thinks he knows why Dana’s been at odds with him.
“I guess I’ve just stolen the thunder from Dana and Dana likes to be the front man and it’s swtiching. I don’t know, maybe there’s a switch of power or something. Dana says he loves me, he hates me, he says it all. I’m confused. All I want to do is eat because it just puts me in a depression,” Nelson said.
As far as why Carwin said that Nelson “puts up a front”, Nelson said that he couldn’t explain. So far, not much interaction has been shown between Nelson and Carwin on the show and Nelson said that he’s never pretended to be someone he’s not. “I don’t know what he means by front. I’m pretty open. My career is pretty cut and dry.”
But when fight night arrives where the two will face off in a five round bout, Nelson explained that he and Carwin have agreed to be drug tested with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency). “At the end of the day, he’s a world champion and he worked hard to get there, whatever he had to do to get there. He tried and became a world champion and I became a world champion and that’s why we’re leaders in this sport. And we’re always trying to create new boundaries and new lines, that’s why we’re going to be the first heavyweights to do VADA.”
“I think all fighters should do it,” Nelson continued. He added that in the future he wants all the fighters he faces to also agree to the process. “I’m just looking to just make sure that whoever I fight from now on, has to be on the same playing field. You’re gonna have to be the man that has to be the better fighter that beats me, not because you’re stickin it in your a**.”
Carwin has been out of the Octagon for over a year. He last fought Junior dos Santos in June 2011 due to injuries he’s suffered. Nelson said how he expects things to go down come fight night. “Maybe the fight will be just like how it is in TV, I coach, he doesn’t. I was told that ‘Hey guess who’s gonna coach against you?’ And I thought it was going to be Shane Carwin, but it was Trevor Wittman. So, I guess I’m fighting Trevor on December 15th.”
But in all seriousness, “Big Country” knows that this fight could be an all out slugfest and that Shane’s skill set can take the upperhand. “Shane can definitely beat me. I mean Shane’s a world champion, he’s favored to winI’m just lucky to be here. I just roll out of bed and do this (expletive). So, if I just took this serious, if I put a needle in my ass or something, I’d be at a whole other level.”
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place on December 15 at “The Joint” inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson face off in the main event that will be a five round fight.