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Nelson Explains Why Cormier Fight Was “Just a Good Sparring Match”

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Although Daniel Cormier is headed to the light-heavyweight division, following his unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson at UFC 166, the latter is hoping to get a rematch at some juncture.

“Big Country” spoke with Fight Hub TV this weekend, after cornering “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 106, and was understandably asked about his recent loss to “DC”. The feared slugger had this to say about the October 19th bout (as transcribed by Mixed Martial Arts.com):

“I didn’t feel like it was a fight, just a good sparring match,” said Nelson. “I was back in the gym on Monday.”

“I just got out pointed. It’s nothing against Daniel. You know, Daniel – excellent game plan, played it to a tee. I just wish I had two more rounds. That’s about it. Daniel won that night, and he was the better guy. I’d definitely like to do a rematch. I’d fight anybody that I ever lost to.”

Although Nelson never appeared to be in any serious trouble, he definitely had difficulties landing shots on Cormier, who mixed in his vaunted wrestling game throughout the bout. If you recall, immediately following the event, Nelson argued that “DC” “never really engaged me”, which prompted UFC boss Dana White to almost blow a gasket. When told of Nelson’s comment, 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.”

All this aside, it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Nelson up against next. After bombing his way into the title shot mix with stoppage wins over Cheick Kongo, Dave Herman and Matt Mitrione, the 37 year-old Nelson has dropped decisions to Stipe Miocic and the aforementioned Cormier.

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