So, not only has Roy Nelson agreed to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 166, but now it’s being revealed that “Big Country” has signed a long term contract that could mean he closes out his career with the UFC. Just goes to show that you don’t have to be loved by your boss to secure long term employment.
Word of the lengthy contract was reported by MMA Junkie.com, which confirmed with Nelson’s manager Mike Kogan that the new deal is for 9 fights. Then, in a follow up interview with Bloody Elbow.com, Nelson stated:
“I do have a new UFC contract. You could say that I’ll be fighting for the UFC for the rest of my life. The contract is that big. You won’t see me fight anywhere else, unless the UFC goes under. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.”
Nelson is 37 years old, so by the time he finishes out this deal, assuming he can fight two or three times a year, he’ll be in his forties. The punishing striker was also asked about fighter pay, and stated:
I think there are two stories for everything. I don’t know the whole business side of the UFC, so I can’t really make a fair assumption. I can tell you from the experience of just working in general, you can always do more. You can always do better.
So there you have it. Obviously this new deal must be sitting well with Nelson.
Nelson and Cormier will battle on October 19th at the Toyota Center in Houston. Stay tuned to Caged Insider for all your UFC news and coverage heading into the event.