Forget Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz or Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko; Roy Nelson vs. Lesnar is the UFC's mega-money fight. That's according to Nelson himself, who recently referred to Lesnar as the heavyweight McGregor in an interview with FOX Sports.
"I'd definitely take that fight. It's definitely a money fight. In the heavyweight division, that's the Conor McGregor," Nelson said. "He just brings a whole other audience."
Nelson, a 40-year-old fan favorite who has been competing in the sport for twelve years, will look to extend his win streak to 2-0 when he takes on Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 90.
After that, the Las Vegas-based fighter says he wants to blow all records 'out of the water' by taking on the UFC's biggest draw in Brock Lesnar.
"After I get through Derrick [Lewis] and Brock still wants to fight, I'll definitely fight and it will probably be the biggest pay-per-view of all time. We'll blow Conor McGregor, UFC 100, and even UFC 200 out of the water. Because of our styles, the style I fight, Brock Lesnar's name, and the way I market myself and now with the UFC push behind me, it would get pushed to a whole new freaking level."
Lesnar, who will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 after retiring in 2011, takes on K-1 world champion and former UFC interim title challenger Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Hunt, a combat sports veteran of 68 professional fights, is currently riding a two-fight win streak and recently KO'd Lesnar's former rival Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night 85.
The pay-per-view looks to surpass UFC 100's record-breaking event in 2009, boasting a stacked list of championship talent on the main card. The main event will feature a light heavyweight title unification bout and grudge match between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9.
Nelson, who hasn't earned a win streak since 2013, will take on 'The Black Beast' in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez at the MGM Grand on July 7.