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Photo of the Day: Roy Nelson Is Huge for a Welterweight

(Props: @roynelsonmma)

Look, I understand that a good deal of Roy Nelson‘s size is contained in his belly, which has been compared to the moon both for its shape and density. And I know that black is a slimming color in general. But check out this recent picture of Roy standing next to light-heavyweight Forrest Griffin and tell me that Big Country isn’t fighting way, way out of his natural weight class. I know, that’s not exactly a ground-breaking observation, but good Lord, those chicken legs.

After the jump, two more examples of Roy standing next to other fighters who look surprisingly large compared to him. Related question: Is Nelson really walking around near 265, or has he been trolling us, Semtex-style?

(Roy Nelson with welterweights Amir Sadollah and Dan Hardy.)

(Roy Nelson, somewhat larger than lightweight Gray Maynard.)

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Me likey- October 26, 2011 at 4:54 am
gray maynard woke up that morning looked in his closet and said, oh shit! i totally forgot about my weekend at bernie's outfit.
Faux Rogan- October 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Please lord let Nelson drop to 185 so we can see horrorshow knockouts.
Todd M- October 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm
^ Good Point but in Roy's case his lack of cardio is killing his speed later into the fight anyway. Roy should get down to 205, it will be good for his career and his health in the long run. @ RWR that shit was gold I wonder if Roy can do the Truffle Shuffle
elksnyper- October 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm
If he was to drop down a weight class...his lack of speed will be exposed. Much like Fedor...even in his prime...may not have had the speed to adjust to a lighthw or lower.

Look what happened to Forrest when he fought Silva. Outclassed...primarily in speed dept.

Sometimes its better to be the smaller man in the ring with the speed advantage...
Smitty- October 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm
nicely done RWR.
Peetee- October 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Camera adds 20 pounds, so before the fight Roy has to eat four of them...
Ballentine- October 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Comparing a "small" heavyweight to a Large LHW isnt really fair is it?
intercept440- October 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm
how about showing the side profile of nelson.. then youll see that black colors arent so slimming
shatterproof- October 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Did Roy travel back in time to take that picture with Gray Maynard circa 1987?
Fried Taco- October 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm
@italia - and only to the person on the right.
RwilsonR- October 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Amir, Dan, and Roy look like they're off to go on a boyhood adventure to find a dead body down by the railroad tracks.
italia furia- October 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm
the camera, 70 or so pounds
tosr- October 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Obviously that's a 60lb beard.
mahlbawlz- October 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Nelson, Cormier, Miocic, and maybe Herman, all could/should drop down to light heavyweight.