Jake Rossen has an article up on the Roy Nelson situation. What’s that? Well, Roy ‘Fat Fuck’ Nelson was told by the UFC to call back when he lost his massive gut. Instead, he went and signed up with Affliction. This caused something of a sensation around the internets, with many people attacking the UFC for ‘discriminating’ based on body type.
This would be all well and good if Roy Nelson looking like a blimp was a ‘body type’ issue. Josh Barnett’s titties and love handles – that’s a body type issue. Tim Boetsch’s gut. Fedor’s perennial pear shape. Tim Sylvia’s … well, why he’s ugly. All these things are body type issues.
Roy Nelson on the other hand is just a tubby bitch. It ain’ty muscle under that belly. It quivers and rolls like an Atlantic storm during fights, which is both hypnotizing and vomit-inducing at the same time. If he spent more time at the gym and less time drinking out of deep fryers, he could easily burn it off. But I’m sure he keeps it on purpose, probably because he attributes it as the reason he’s able to knock people out.
And there’s the rub right there: the UFC doesn’t want big fat guys who are essentially using their gigantic guts as counterweight for their punches. In this case I personally think that beggars can’t be choosers, but I’m not going to deny them the right to draw the line somewhere. And besides, despite Roy’s claims to the contrary I don’t think he’ll be quite the force everyone thinks once he starts mixing it up with the real big boys at heavyweight.