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UFC 130 Excuse-Watch: Roy Nelson Had ‘Walking Pneumonia’

(We would have also accepted ‘extreme-constipation’. Photo courtesy of HeavyMMA.)

Breaking away from his usual “fat guy who can throw down” persona, Roy Nelson just looked like your garden-variety fat guy last weekend at UFC 130, wheezing through three rounds, too exhausted to do anything besides absorb blows from Frank Mir. Was it a sign that Roy should finally hook up with a nutritionist and get his BMI in order?

The obvious answer is yes, definitely. Just because you can drag around a barrel of adipose tissue around your midsection and still compete at the highest levels of MMA doesn’t make it a good idea. Nelson is literally weighing himself down in the Octagon, and putting himself at a profound competitive disadvantage; even most 205-pounders in the UFC outsize Nelson at this point. But according to a new report, there was another factor in play on Saturday that made a victory for Big Country even less likely:

Via text messages with Cagewriter, Jessy Nelson said that her husband had walking pneumonia during the first two weeks of May, and that he spent Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. “He described the feeling like someone is taking a big scab off of his lungs,” Nelson wrote.

After consulting with CagePotato Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Wikipedia, we learned that atypical pneumonia, aka “walking pneumonia,” is a pneumonia not caused by one of the more traditional pathogens, and with a clinical presentation inconsistent with typical pneumonia. The infection is generally restricted to small areas of the lungs.

Roy has confirmed the diagnosis on Twitter. He also claimed that he would beat Mir in a best-of-7 series, argued that he’s still a top-5 heavyweight in the UFC (if you don’t include Lesnar), and let everybody know that he used to make more money in the IFL. Great. There’s something else Dana White can be pissed about.

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cunty chops- June 9, 2011 at 6:18 am
"Wouldnt it be ‘waddling pneumonia’?….Yes I have resorted to petty fat jokes."

Nice one man.
noizy- June 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Blaming Canada for catching a bug. Pouah!
You could catch much worse in Vegas going to the AVN Expo.
mmachaplain- June 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm
really?! not one?! didn't anyone notice that mir was also very out of breath, didn't really do a whole lot during the fight and was buckled over sucking wind just like nelson after the 3rd round ended? just saying...
there is no doubt that nelson is not built like your typical fighter and very well could be more successful if he cut weight, but his skills are legit.
i believe he was sick and would have done much better if he were well!
GistoftheFist- June 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Or absorbing cannonball blows in slow motion.
RSparrow- June 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm
Big Country would make more money smashing watermelons
mod777- June 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Roy Nelson versus Rashad Evans sounds ..hmmmm... cute?
kcbjj- June 1, 2011 at 11:20 am
Pauly D and "The Situation" have really themselves go.
kmax1940- June 1, 2011 at 11:10 am
I saw a prefight interview where he was coughing... so I believe he was sick. It happens. They have to compete sick sometimes because they have to get paid. BUT YES... he also needs to lose weight!
Joedirt- June 1, 2011 at 10:15 am
No kidding... his walk out song was "Im fat"
PERPATRAITOR- June 1, 2011 at 10:08 am
It's hard fir his heart to pump his gravy/ketchup blood through his body.
djp1988- June 1, 2011 at 10:07 am
Guarantee you that Big Country just knocked back some Q before the fight. He didn't have walking pneumonia, he had the Itis.
mustache revival- June 1, 2011 at 9:57 am
It's called type 2 diabetes not walking walking pneumonia.
Joedirt- June 1, 2011 at 9:33 am
He gassed faster than he ever has... I still think Mir would win but I believe he was sick. I also think he should cut that fat and fight in light heavyweight where he has a better chance.
Dagnut- June 1, 2011 at 8:50 am
The only reason anyone has any interest in him is purely because he is fat..if he lost it no one would care he would be just be a punching bag in the LW divison..I say stay fat and let the brain damage make him into the comedy icon we need in MMA
El Famous Burrito- June 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

This is my new favorite excuse - "Hey, I had the fats."
Me likey- June 1, 2011 at 8:39 am
wait a minute, you guys think roy nelson is fat?
DangadaDang- June 1, 2011 at 8:31 am
Can't say I'm surprised, Nelson looked slower than usual.

Has anyone else seen Justin Bucholz's front kick KO ala Silva/Belfort? Its even MORE brutal that that one.
BONGTAR- June 1, 2011 at 8:29 am
Fat is fat. Dude is just fat. He should say 'hey, i had the fats'...i gassed because i'm fat.
k-onda- June 1, 2011 at 8:24 am
@SnackDaddy; No, he just got covered in cheetohs' powder from pummeling Nelson for three rounds. It gives off the same effect.
NotReadyStatus- June 1, 2011 at 8:18 am
Ugh! I had that once. How the hell did he not know?! I am not in as good a shape as he is (cardio wise anyway! My gut is not nearly as impressive) but man! I knew something was wrong whenever I did anything aside from sit or sleep. Straining to poop could cause me to be out of breath!
RwilsonR- June 1, 2011 at 8:07 am
I actually was surprised at Roy's lack of cardio, so this makes sense. I'm not a Roy fan, but he has never looked that gassed before.
Bob Villa- June 1, 2011 at 8:03 am
Lol @ best of seven.
SnackDaddy- June 1, 2011 at 8:02 am
Also, is Frank Mir sporting a fake tan?
Trouser Snake- June 1, 2011 at 7:58 am
At this size the only top dog Roy could win a best os 7 against is a Ball Park.
SnackDaddy- June 1, 2011 at 7:57 am
Hah! No wonder he looked a little thin.