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Enough Jokes – Roy Nelson Needs To Leave The Heavyweight Division

By Elias Cepeda Roy Nelson made history last night at UFC 161. No, he didn‘t become just the second man in UFC history to score four consecutive first round knockout wins as I‘m sure he hoped he would. “Big Country”, with the help of Stipe Miocic, instead set a record that is incredibly detrimental to his own health. Nelson absorbed more significant strikes without being knocked out, an unbelievable 437, than any other UFC fighter ever has in a single night. Nelson probably should have taken a contract extension deal when it was offered to him by the UFC. He probably should not have fought Miocic just six weeks after his prior fight, a win over Cheick Kongo, and Nelson definitely shouldn‘t be fighting in the heavyweight division. Folks who respect and admire Nelson have been calling for the morbidly obese fighter to drop down to light heavyweight for years. Forget all that. Nelson has the height and frame of a tall lightweight or normal welterweight fighter. But instead of living a healthy lifestyle and fighting at, say, 170 pounds, the man has often had trouble of making the heavyweight limit of 265 pounds. Roy Nelson clearly has a problem, and it isn‘t just the fact that he can‘t ever seem to be more than a punching bag any time he fights a top heavyweight ”“ though it is related. The charismatic and gifted fighter has a consumption problem. No kidding, right? But it‘s time we get past the “haha, Roy is fat” stage and ponder for a second how sick he must be.

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