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Roy Nelson’s Manager Says a Fight With Daniel Cormier Wouldn’t Make Sense

(Y’know, drinking a gallon of buttermilk every morning doesn’t make much sense either, but that never stopped him from doing it. / Photo via Joshua Wood @ MMAValor)

Roy Nelson‘s knockout of Cheick Kongo last weekend marked his third first-round KO victory in a row, and earned Big Country the first three-fight win streak of his UFC career — which means that the UFC has to start treating him like a legitimate heavyweight contender again, rather than a gray-bearded novelty act. So who’s next on Big Country’s menu? Following UFC 159, Dana White suggested that either Mark Hunt or Daniel Cormier could be the next opponent for Nelson, which makes perfect sense if we’re putting together matchups solely based on body type.

Nelson’s camp, however, doesn’t agree with one of those names. According to a report from Ariel Helwani earlier this week, Nelson’s manager Mike Kogan said he’s not interested in a fight against Cormier. “He doesn’t think it makes any sense for Nelson,” Helwani explained on UFC Tonight. Instead, Kogan would prefer Nelson to fight Hunt, Antonio Silva (if he loses to Cain Velasquez at UFC 160), or Junior dos Santos…despite the fact that Dos Santos already slaughtered Nelson back in 2010.

It’s obvious why the Nelson camp would want to avoid a guy like Cormier — he’s incredibly dangerous, but he still doesn’t carry the same name value as the other UFC vets that Kogan mentioned. And let’s face it, Nelson’s odds of beating Hunt or Bigfoot are a lot better than his odds of beating DC. (Let’s just forget Kogan said anything about Dos Santos. That’s a damn suicide mission, and we all know it.) From a managerial perspective, it’s solid advice. Devil’s advocate, though: Cormier is rightly ranked as the #2 contender according to the UFC’s official rankings, and beating him would place Nelson closer to a heavyweight title shot than a win over Hunt or Antonio Silva would.

Personally I think Nelson vs. Cormier makes dollars and sense. See what I did there? DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH??? Anyway, let us know how you see it in the comments section.

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm
They should just have Hunt, Nelson, and Cormier have a hotdog eating contest, winner gets an automatic title shot. Makes as much sense as anything else that goes on in the UFC these days.
Sloppyspray- May 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm
@peacexxl - I wouldn't say that you're slow, I would just say that your a little inattentive. Yes, the original reasoning behind everyone wanting DC to drop was b/c he was too small for heavyweight. However, since he has been smashing everyone (or at least winning his fights, a la, vs. Mir) the masses rationale has changed focus to the fact that he has stated on multiple occasions that he will never fight Cain. So why have him keep fighting at heavyweight, and arguably beat some title-contenders, just so that he can sit in the #2 chair and never fight for the title, when instead he can firmly plant himself at 205 and fight for the title there.
maazhii- May 2, 2013 at 11:43 am
DC will never fight Cain that is y 205 drop is a must
2DaDeath- May 2, 2013 at 10:11 am
I do not want this poor teddy bear ripped up by that stocky pitbull. He could probably take out JDS now sibce JDS' mind is focused on his divorce rather than the threat of a beat down. Worked out for Cain!
5knuckleshuffle- May 2, 2013 at 8:26 am
I'd watch Nelson vs Cormier. He's got the chin, the KO power, grappling experience and weight with a low center of gravity. Never know, might be the recipe to defeat Cormier.
peacexxl- May 2, 2013 at 7:23 am
So maybe I am a little slow so explain this to me like I'm a 6 year old. DC is still undefeated at HW so why should he drop to 205? It's the same as everyone screaming that FE should have dropped to 45 because he lost a fight or two. But then you have people screaming about same day weighins. These are pro athletes and they know there bodies and what their prime weight is. When HWs start dominating DC and show that he can't hang in the class, then maybe drop down. Until then, stop hating on the fat guys!
algiersheadkick504- May 2, 2013 at 7:19 am
Tho nelson is a blackbelt I doubt he has any offense of his back. Nelson by armbar?not in this lifetime
Fried Taco- May 2, 2013 at 7:07 am
Two guys who really should drop down to 205 fighting each other at heavyweight? Makes sense to me!