Roy “Big Country” Nelson is breaking the stereotype of the professional athlete in the MMA world. In a world where fighters are rocking six packs and seemingly cut right from a greek god mold, Nelson has a big gut, a beard, and still knocks it with the best of them.
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Nelson started his UFC career by becoming the season 10 winner of The Ultimate Fighter. Many underestimated him because of how out of shape he looks, but boy is he anything but that. Nelson possesses a knockout punch that can put almost anyone to sleep.
With a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the big man is no slouch on the ground ether. For someone that looks so out of shape, Nelson can go five, five-minute rounds and still have some in the tank. His conditioning puts others to shame.
Nelson eats whatever he wants as he trains. In an interview with ESPN, Nelson said he was always the fat kid, but it never stopped him.
“My biggest thing is I want to be me,” he said. “I always thought the best part about sports was the bigger, faster kids who were supposed to be more athletic than me — I always beat.”
He has created quite the fan base since joining the UFC in 2010. Early on in his career UFC President, Dana White, criticized Nelson in his early fights for being out of shape, but it wasn’t long until White was eating his words.
With a record of 23-14-0, Nelson has beaten such hulks in the competition as Brendan Shaub, Junior Dos Santos, and Mirko Cro Cop.
When asked if he ever used performance enhancing drugs, he simply replied: “Yes, you mean pizza, enchiladas, and donuts?”
He acknowledges he could lose his belly if he wanted, but he has no interest in doing so. “If you paid me $2 million, I’m sure I could lose my belly. But I don’t get paid to look a certain way. I get paid to win fights. That’s what I concentrate on.”
He has put together an impressive resume, and he seems to have no plans on slowing down anytime soon. Every time he faces an opponent, he knows it will be the last time though. “Whoever fights me, they’ll go, I’ll never fight Roy Nelson again.”
Check out his highlight reel below.