Nelson vs Cormier pre-fight intv

You gotta love a grudge match.

While

target="_blank">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.