If you’ve followed the career of Roy “Big Country” Nelson then you know that aside from knocking dudes out, he has a habit of making ‘is he messing with us’ comments. Of course, some of these statements have been known to rub a person or two (Dana White) the wrong way from time to time.
While speaking to the media this week in advance of his UFC 166 scrap with Daniel Cormier this Saturday, Nelson offered this rather candid response when asked how his training camp has gone (quotes via MMA Junkie.com).
“This has actually probably been the crappiest camp I’ve ever had, so it is what it is,” Nelson said.
Of course, most fighter always offer the expected and somewhat contrived ‘best camp ever’ response, even if they’ve been crippled by injuries and have hardly trained. So why did the heavyweight have such a bad camp? According to reports, his boxing coach Jeff Mayweather was recently hospitalized due to illness, and further:
“I still had some of my core guys, but I lost (Muhammed) Lawal,” Nelson said. “I lost Ryan Martinez. … He broke his hand. It was one of those camps where anything that possibly could’ve happened, happened. You just deal with it. I’ve been in the game long enough to know what I’m supposed to do and put the work in.”
Nelson also added that he never considered dropping out of the fight and that despite the issues he’s “going to put on a show.” Good stuff.
It’s certainly a tough fight for Nelson, as coming off a one sided, decision loss to Stipe Miocic he’ll have to get by the UFC’s #2 ranked heavyweight. If you’re wondering, Nelson is a huge underdog in the +400 to +475 range.
UFC 166 will go down in Houston’s Toyota Center on October 19th. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.