Damn. Here I am working out five times a week like some schmuck when I could have just let me belly evolve into some extra-terrestrial life form and be considered an athlete. Set aside the fact that Roy Nelson looks like his DNA has been spliced with the Gummi Bear lineage. Dude is still the reigning IFL heavyweight champion and held perhaps one of the wildest looking belts in MMA (the studded snakeskin needs to make a comeback). In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Big Country says that despite his moon-belly, he still considers himself to have an athletic build.
First of all, I’ve never said I don’t have an athletic build. I actually think I have a very athletic build. Most NFL linemen look just like me except they’re wearing shoulder pads and a helmet. I don’t look like a bodybuilder, and I don’t take any special supplements to look like a bodybuilder. I do look like a regular guy.
If stomach mass was an accurate representation of MMA skill, the dude that runs the comic book shop next to my place would have been the linear super heavyweight champion for a decade now. [Source]