If you’ve written off Roy Nelson as a top, heavyweight contender since he’s lost three of four fights, the slugger would like to remind you that things can change in a hurry, or in one punch.
Nelson is scheduled to battle Alistair Overeem at UFC 185 on Saturday, and “Big Country” is looking to get back on track, after he was KO’d by Mark Hunt in September. The loss was Nelson’s third in four fights, and dropped the heavyweight further down the rankings to #8.
Well, as fans will recall, it wasn’t long ago when Nelson was in the hunt for a title shot, thanks to three, consecutive stoppage wins. Thus, this is likely one of the reasons why, Nelson recently told UFC.com the following:
“The one thing about the heavyweight division and the top 15 is that you’re pretty much two fights away,” Nelson said. “Travis Browne fought Brendan Schaub, and I think Brendan was number 15. Travis was number three or two, and if Schaub would have won that fight, his next fight might have been for the belt. And that’s one fight. That’s one thing about our division. We’re so close in the top 15, if you have a good day at the office, you can change a lot of things. Our division can change with one punch.”
It’s certainly true that of all the divisions, the title shot picture can change the fastest at heavyweight. Now, the question is whether Nelson will be able to get past Overeem, who is also looking to get back in the title shot mix.
According to the betting lines, Overeem is the favorite in the -185 to -200 range for Saturday’s bout.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.