Dana White and Roy Nelson have never had what you’d call a ‘friendly’ relationship. White clarifies that the two had a rocky start from the beginning. Not only did Nelson yell to his boss to “get him a cheeseburger,” after his victory, but now we learn that Nelson joined the The Ultimate Fighter without disclosing that he was still in contract. For that reason, White was forced to pay a hefty price to keep Nelson on the show.
“There’s definitely some different money with some guys, if you’re on a big win streak and you lost a couple in a row, you gotta adjust guys’ pay,” said White. “Sometimes, what we’ll do is we’ll do a deal with a guy, ‘If you’re here, you get paid this. If you lose, you go here.’ We usually work that stuff out ahead of time.
“It’s just weird we get in those situations, like Roy rolling the dice. Roy waited until the end of his contract – we owed him a fight, we offered him a fight, and if he didn’t take it we’d have to extend his contract. So, he took the fight instead. I just feel like he played the whole thing the wrong way when he didn’t need to play it that way.
“Roy’s no f—ing genius. Roy didn’t know he didn’t even have to take the fight. Roy didn’t even know that. There’s a lot of things Roy doesn’t know.”
“You realize Roy came onto ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and had a f—ing contract with another promoter and didn’t know it. Did you know that? Yeah, I had to buy that other promoter out, during the f—ing Ultimate Fighter. That’s how smart Roy Nelson is. And I could go on for days. Roy Nelson cost me a lot of money.”