I’d imagine it’s just as hard to find someone that dislikes bank holidays, long weekends and freshly changed linen as it is to find any MMA fan who doesn’t like Roy Nelson. The guy can bang with the best of them but he’s good a solid ground game, he knows how to work the media and the dude is built like the exact opposite of the stereotypical image of the consummate athlete the UFC are keen to market. There’s literally something for everyone. After his ridiculously spectacular knockout of Dave Herman at UFC 146, Roy spoke with Steph “Crooklyn” Daniels about a variety of things such as the idea his beard and mullet are losing him sponsors (they aren’t), the name of the pro-wrestling tag-team he and King Mo have been talking about creating (not The Oreo Bandits) and who he wants to fight next (Brock Lesnar, if he makes a return to the UFC). The most interesting parts of this interview however are the sections where he talks about PED usage in MMA and in the UFC specifically.
“My wife is pregnant right now, and throughout my career, I’ve kind of just taken it and taken it and taken it, because I can always fend for myself and my wife. Now I have a baby on the way, and that’s like taking money from my kid.”
“I used to think when I’d fight and beat up people that are doing the stuff that they are not supposed to be doing, I just looked at it as a moral victory for myself. It was like, ‘Hey, I just beat that guy, even though he was on the stuff’ or he might have beaten me because he was on the stuff, but now I realize that he’s actually just taking money from me. I think from now on we should just do random drug tests, because we just did it for this heavyweight card, and it changed the whole landscape of it.”
Add that quote to the fact that Roy Nelson might be one of the realest dudes in the UFC right now and you have someone who I can’t help but admire. I mean, I’m not likely to watch he and Mo Lawal in pro wrestling or anything but still, we’re talking about a guy who really doesn’t care that his beard is a Dwarven masterpiece that any man would be proud to adorn. [source]