Nelson vs Cormier pre-fight intv

You gotta love a grudge match.

While
UFC 166’s heavyweight championship headliner
between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos
is about mutual
respect, the co-main event of Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier began
with heated words and will end with stone-cold fists.

The latter is a former 2x US Olympic freestyle wrestler turned
undefeated MMA juggernaut whose career highlight is the Strikeforce
Heavyweight Grand Prix title, which Cormier won last year in a
one-sided unanimous decision against Josh Barnett. “You can
talk and you can talk s***, but, at the end of the day, we get to
go into a cage and hit each other in the face,” tells Cormier
who feels he was disrespected by Nelson verbally and is ready to
earn his respect physically in the cage. “I’m going to
beat Roy Nelson because I’m better than him.”

On the other side of this newfangled feud, the 4x Knockout of
the Night awarded punching power of “Big Country”.
“Roy Nelson has this incredible god given ability to separate
men from their consciousness with one
punch,” states UFC commentator Joe Rogan without as much
hyperbole as it sounds considering Nelson’s 5 devastating
first round KOs inside the Octagon including the one on Brendan
Schaub, which crowned Nelson as the Ultimate Fighter 10 winner.

It’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy of these two
heavyweights trading anger-fueled haymakers, Nelson and Cormier are
accomplished martial artists who are dangerous on the feet and on
the floor. Don’t let the nickname “Big Country”
fool you, Nelson is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt under living
legend Renzo Gracie. Meanwhile, the acclaimed amateur wrestler
Cormier trains with San Diego’s American Kickboxing Academy
and has won most of his 12 MMA bouts with his fluid striking.