Dana White on Roy Nelson: I tried my best to like him but he’s delusional
Roy Nelson is delusional according to UFC president Dana White
It’s no secret that UFC president Dana White and TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson are not very fond of each other. White however, dismissed that notion that he has ill feelings towards the TUF winner. Instead, he insists that he tried his best to like Nelson but it is the latter’s words that created the rough relation between them.
“Contrary to popular belief, I try so hard to like Roy Nelson. It’s like I saw him backstage before I came out to talk to you guys. I was like, ‘What’s up Roy? You looked good. You lost weight,’ and this and that. Then I come out and hear the stupid s–t he said to you guys right before I walk out there.”
Big Country was soundly beaten by Daniel Cormier in the supporting bout of UFC 166. According to Fightmetric.com, Cormier outlanded Nelson by connecting 74 significant strikes whereas Nelson only landed 17. In the post-fight interview, Nelson again expressed his frustrations over his opponent.
“He didn’t engage me really,” explains Nelson. “That’s not to take anything away from Cormier, but it’s tough to fight like that. He’s a great fighter, but it’s frustrating.”
White, upon learning Nelson’s statement was shocked in disbelief. He also brought up the thing that irks him the most about Nelson and that is Big Country’s complaints of not getting a title shot.
“He said Cormier wasn’t engaging enough?” White said. “He outwrestled him, and he punched the living s–t out of him. How much more does he want to be engaged? He says some dumb s–t, and he’s very delusional.
“He says we’ve never given him a title shot when we should have given him a title shot. Every time you get that close to a title shot, you get beat by the best in the world. That’s why you’ve never had a title shot.”
Nelson is now on a two fight losing skid after the defeat to Cormier, he dropped another lopsided decision loss to Stipe Miocic in his previous bout. He is 6-5 in the octagon and it seems that it will be extremely difficult for Nelson to earn a title shot, especially when he has yet to beat any top 10 opponent in his whole UFC career.
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