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UFC: Roy Nelson envisions a future career in politics

UFC heavyweight star, Roy Nelson discusses his political ambition, his upcoming fight with Big Nog, and how he feels about headlining a Fight Pass card.


The economy is a tricky beast and has been for the last several years. One minute it's stable, the next minute it's through the floor. Keeping that in mind is of paramount importance, especially to mixed martial arts fighters across the globe. Knowing that there is an expiration date on your career and preparing for life after fighting is something all MMA athletes should seriously plan for.

Roy Nelson has been weighing his options lately. Just last week, we were able to report his desire to fill the NSAC position that Keith Kizer vacated, and more recently, he discussed an interest in politics, as well. Being born and raised in Las Vegas has given him a sense of obligation to serve the city that he loves.

In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, Nelson discusses his political ambition, his upcoming fight with Big Nog, and how he feels about headlining a Fight Pass card. Here's what he had to say:

Fight Pass

The way I look at it, Fight Pass is PPV, just on a smaller scale. We both have fans that will want to see us, so I feel like my fight with Nog might help boost the sales of Fight Pass. If you're a true MMA fan, you're going to want to have Fight Pass the same way TV and movie fans have Netflix.

I don't think my sponsors are going to care if the fight is on TV or on Fight Pass. I boost their sales and have confidence in them standing behind me, because my fans are committed to supporting my sponsors. I could be fighting on AXS TV and my sponsors would still back me.

NSAC Position

If I can get the job, that would be great. I haven't heard back from them, but it's a process, and I'm sure they have plenty of other applicants they have to review besides me.


I definitely envision myself in politics at some point. I was just looking at 2014 and 2016 tickets and what official positions are up for election. I'm good friends with Ross Miller who is Nevada's Secretary of State, and I have other ties to the community in a political sense. I even helped out with former governor, Kenny Guinn's campaign several years back. I'm more than a fighter, and not just a pretty face [laughs].

Big Nog

I've always looked up to Big Nog. He's a legend in the sport, and has the mentality that so many fans love, and it's what got me into fighting. He's a man's man and a real fighter. The new generation aren't fighters, they're athletes.

You can follow Roy via his Twitter account @RoyNelsonMMA