It's well known that 'Big Country' has had his eye on the winner of the upcoming fight between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt at UFC 160 next month. But a new name has been thrown into the air, and it appears that it may be fight to get made quickly. When questioned on the idea of Roy Nelson facing Daniel Cormier next, everyone seemed a little caught off guard, and a lot intrigued.
The question came shortly after Dana and Nelson had both fielded questions about the dos Santos vs. Hunt winner, so that's obviously been their primary track. But shortly after Cormier was suggested, someone in the crowd announced that Cormier had tweeted his desire for the fight in response to Dana's and Nelson's interest.
Here's Nelson speaking about the possibility of facing Hunt or dos Santos:
"I'm definitely watching UFC 160 in Las Vegas to see who wins."
"I'm there, whatever. I want to fight the best in the world. If Mark Hunt gets past JDS I'll fight him, if he doesn't I'll fight him, because I know that'd make people happy."
Here's Dana on the potential matchups:
We like Roy Neslon vs Cormier. And Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt if Hunt wins.
The very real unspoken sentences there are, that the UFC has very little interest in promoting a JDS vs. Nelson rematch, and very little interest in giving Hunt a title shot with a victory at UFC 160. However the idea of Cormier may throw things a little off kilter and provides a lot more options for creating new contenders to Cain Velasquez's title.