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Whoops: Reports Say Roy Nelson Actually Under Contract to Somebody Else


("Read it? No, I *signed* it. We’re dealing with fight promoters here, I assumed they were on the level." Props: MMAConvert.com)

Well, this is embarrassing: As it turns out, UFC heavyweight contender Roy Nelson is allegedly still under contract to another fighting organization and has been during his entire UFC career, including three previous fights in the Octagon as well as his run to the championship of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 10. According to multiple internet reports, Nelson perhaps didn’t read all the fine print in the deal he signed with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring, Inc., prior to his questionble decision loss to Jeff Monson in March, 2009. Now UFC President Dana White says “Big Country” will be on the shelf until the matter is resolved.     

See, this is what happens when fighters don’t have lawyers. Obviously, Nelson should’ve known his own contractual status but instead of just blaming the big guy, let’s be honest: This can only be considered a fuck-up of colossal proportions on the part UFC’s massive and notoriously aggressive legal team. It’s hard to fathom how they missed this, especially since legal documents obtained by The Fight Lawyer allege that UFC Vice President Marc Ratner knew about Nelson’s contract with Square Ring. Fortunately for Zuffa, The Fight Lawyer also assumes the company will just end up billing Nelson for any losses it incurs while sorting this mess out. Man, must be nice.


For his part, White – who never misses a chance to impose his own weird hang-ups on any situation – naturally used this legal snafu on the part of his fighter and his company as an opportunity to blast … wait, MMA news websites? Yep.

"There’s organizations that are locking these guys up to the old-school boxing contracts," White told MMA Junkie. "The contracts that (Don) King and those guys were doing back in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s where they have options on top of their options – so your contract never ends with these guys … These are the kinds of contracts that some of these guys are signing in these other organizations out there that some of these MMA websites go, ‘Oh, stick up for these guys, they’re the small guys.’ The small guys are the guys that are really fucking the fighters."

That is an … umm … interesting way to spin this particular situation. Dana’s bizarre preoccupation with the internet might be something he’ll want to bring up with his therapist during their next session. But we digress …

It now appears that Nelson’s scheduled fight with Shane Carwin at UFC 125 would’ve been called off even without Carwin opting for surgery. It’s also clear that we won’t see him fight Brock Lesnar or Big Nog or anybody else until this gets taken care of, though it seems like a relatively simple matter of giving Jones Jr. the payoff he’s so clearly after.

Nelson, as he always does, is taking an uniquely glib and good-natured approach to all this: 

"Trying to do some non-MMA related work just in case this fighting stuff doesn’t work out,” Nelson wrote via Twitter posts last week. "I need to start the James (Toney) thing. Just pick fights and then get paid, then have the IRS look into my independent contract status."

You gotta admire that Positive Mental Attitude.

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ccman- November 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm
A. I know the dads will hate this but seriously. It took this long?? this aint even news at this point. And anyone who looks at his and does not realize....
B. the man has had 3 fights, and a run on the tv show, think Roy jones jr would have said something, like over a year ago maybe? Like when the man showed up on national tv fighting for a contract? If he sat on his hands this long i say liability is moot. this is like you wrote a song 3 years ago, someone else stole it and it is selling like thriller, for THE PAST YEAR and you said nadda..... you lose, shut the fuck up already.
C. Boxing contracts should all be abolished under the 13th amendment. Actually boxing should be abolished under the buggy whip rule, learn to drive a car already Mayweather, it will be more practical in prison anyway.
dranokills- November 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm
So "THIS" is the beginning of the "fucking" that Dana is going to put on CP.
Damn he's so mean!
Somehow now we are responsible for that fat mans contract....well damn it you dropped the ball boss. ( no I meant about hiring MRuss...not the contract with....yeah , that's what I really meant)
bloodsportmmadotcom- November 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Seems like Roy Jones Jr. makes his entire living on suing people these days, mofo went on a tear last year charging blogs thousands of dollars for re-posting a YouTube clip of his fights... a real stand-up guy...
shitbag- November 15, 2010 at 11:55 am
@morningwood Isn't it Burgerking?
Elentius- November 15, 2010 at 11:53 am
Don't blame the muslims Viva!
jimbonics- November 15, 2010 at 11:36 am
Blame Canada!
Fried Taco- November 15, 2010 at 11:32 am
So is a contract with options like friends with benefits? You're not obligated, but you're going to get fucked?
Get Off Me- November 15, 2010 at 11:16 am
The real lesson Dana needs to learn here is that co-promotion is not a bad thing.
Having a fighter under contract outside of the UFC fight inside the Octagon works!
This sort of thing would never happen in Strikeforce.....lmao.
Viva Hate- November 15, 2010 at 10:43 am
It is very obvious who is to blame for this embarrassing situation for the UFC, the damn shitsites, stop reading shitsites people.
RwilsonR- November 15, 2010 at 10:37 am
Can't Dana just have Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. settle this matter in the ring? They could fight for Nelson's contract status - winner take all.
Morningwood- November 15, 2010 at 10:34 am
he's also under contract with McDonalds to maintain his physical appearance!
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