Nelson vs Cormier pre-fight intv

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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.

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