Roy Nelson was in a position to stir things up in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight and heavyweight division heading into his UFC 166 bout against Daniel Cormier, but “Big Country” fell short.
Nelson (19-9-0, 12 KOs) ended up losing via unanimous decision to Cormier (13-0-0, 5 KOs), sliding down to the 10th spot on the UFC’s heavyweight rankings.
Now at the back of the line of contenders in the UFC’s big boy division, Nelson has a plan that might get him back into contention: a rematch against Cormier.
“That didn’t even feel like a fight, just a good sparring session,” Nelson said during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I just got outpointed. It’s nothing against Daniel. Daniel [had an] excellent game plan. Played it to a T. I just wish I had two more rounds, that’s about it. But Daniel won that night, he was the better guy. I definitely would like to do a rematch. I’d fight anybody that I ever lost to.”
An additional two rounds could have been beneficial to Roy at UFC 166 since it would have given him an extra 10 minutes to land one of his signature overhand rights on Cormier. However, like the Octagon-side judges who all scored the fight 30-27 in Cormier’s favor, most who watched the fight would probably agree that “DC” is the better fighter and would likely win a rematch.
Cormier didn’t just win the grappling exchanges, like most expected him to, at UFC 166, he also dominated the action striking-wise, ducking and slipping Nelson’s attempts to take off his head, landing 50 percent of his strikes (83 of 157) during the fight, while Big Country only landed 21 percent (26 of 91) of his shots.
More than likely, if Nelson got his wish, he wouldn’t fare any better than he did during the first fight.
A rematch between these two obviously won’t happen though, since Cormier made it clear his next fight will be in the light-heavyweight division after his win against Nelson.