Roy Nelson Talks About his Win Over Kimbo Slice

Sergio Non has an excellent interview with Roy "Big Country" Nelson. He talked about his game plan on the fight:


You know how Babe Ruth used to point to the fence and say, "I'm going to hit this home run"? I did exactly what I wanted: take no hits, get it to the ground and just win... My biggest thing was not to get hit, finish the fight without hurting my hands. Just go out there, get the "W," and get it done...

By far, it's not the funnest fight to watch, I'll tell you that. I just went in, did what I was supposed to do and won... It's basically John Madsen vs. Abe Wagner as in, take him down. Except mine was, take him down and crucifix. I like to put myself in the same category as Babe Ruth. I just picked it, called my shot and did it.

He went on to talk about Kimbo Slice's skills:

His takedown defense is good to a certain degree, but when you're at this high level, I just know that (my offense) is a little bit better... [Among the guys I fought], I'd say top five, for sure, as in punching power... There's a lot of different guys that can punch hard, but he's one of the guys you don't get hit (by) flush on the chin. If you did, you can be seeing stars.

On the UFC giving Kimbo special treatment:

First round was 44 punches to the face, and then (referee) Herb Dean doesn't know how to ref, but we've seen that before. And then the next round was 22 punches... You could even see me yelling at Herb Dean, "Come on, ref". But the thing is, there's a lot of people; there's a lot of money. Kimbo's the only one that I know that had an entourage there; he actually had his family there, his management, while the rest of us kind of had to suffer. The UFC made, we'll say, different concessions for Kimbo. I think he had a media room.

He also talked about his physique, something the newer fans have criticized him about:

If I'm supposed to be this out of shape, or this fat guy or whatever, then I have no muscle, so then I'm just beating people off of pure skill, which is kind of scary... I think that's the thing that people actually hate — just the fact that I'm outshining people (despite) the way that I look.

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