March 7, 2012
Fat chance Nelson makes 205
By NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency
Think Roy Nelson should shed a few pounds? All you have to do is ‘like’ him on Facebook.
The rotund UFC heavyweight recently announced that he will make a run at the 205-pound division if he receives 100,000 ‘likes’ on his Facebook profile page (Facebook.com/RoyNelsonUFC).
Nelson said the idea came from a debate with his friend over what is the superior social networking platform — Facebook or Twitter?
“I think Twitter just because of use and for fans’ interaction, but Facebook is 20 times bigger,” Nelson told Bloody Elbow. “So we decided to bet. I said if it is so easy and great, I should be able to add 100,000 fans in two weeks because I have that on Twitter. Facebook is bigger and better so this should be easy, right?”
If Nelson does have to drop to light-heavyweight, he has his work cut out for him. Even after slimming down for his recent fight with Fabricio Werdum, he still weighed 246 pounds.
As far as Quinton (Rampage) Jackson is concerned, his next fight will be his last in the octagon.
“I feel sorry for my next opponent, no matter who or what it is,” Jackson wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “I will fight whoever they put in front of me — I always have — but it will be my last fight in the UFC.
“I didn’t say I would be done fighting. I just said I’m not fighting for the UFC.”
For the first time in his MMA career, Jackson is riding a two-fight losing streak. After getting submitted by light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in September, he dropped a lacklustre unanimous decision to Ryan Bader last month.
If Jackson only has one UFC fight left, it makes sense to put him up against Mauricio (Shogun) Rua. Rua handed Jackson the worst beating of his career at PRIDE Total Eliminator 2005, breaking his ribs with vicious knees en route to a first-round TKO victory.
YOU GO, GIRLS!
Saturday’s Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey was a great night for women’s mixed martial arts.
It was the first time in more than two years that the ladies took centre stage at a Strikeforce event and, boy, did they deliver.
The main event, which saw Ronda Rousey submit Miesha Tate with a disgusting armbar, was among the wildest one-round fights you’ll see all year. On the undercard, Sarah Kaufman edged fellow Canadian Alexis Davis in a thrilling brawl.
Though Strikeforce’s 135-pound women’s division is really starting to take shape, UFC president Dana White is still not completely sold on it.
“You know what I’ve been saying for a long time about the women’s division: there aren’t enough good women to create an entire division,” White said at a recent UFC press conference in New York City. “Every once in a while you’re going to have these one-off fights between two women that are very good. That happened last weekend. It was a great fight. I think it was big for women’s mixed martial arts.
“I think Ronda Rousey is going to be a big star.”
White’s assessment was spot on a couple years ago, but the groundwork is certainly there now to build a competitive women’s division. Rousey is a very talented and marketable champion, plus there are a number of other competitors already signed to Strikeforce that could make for interesting fights.
Hell, I’m already excited to see Kaufman challenge Rousey for the strap.
The women proved last weekend they deserve a bigger share of the limelight. As long as Strikeforce and Showtime are willing to invest in women’s MMA, the sport has nowhere to go but up.
Hopefully it won’t be long before we see a women’s division in the UFC.
MMA QUICK HITS
— Frankie Edgar will get his rematch with UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson some time this summer.
— Thiago Silva will replace the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Stockholm, April 14.
— Bellator lightweight titleholder Michael Chandler is set to face former UFC and PRIDE star Akihiro Gono at Bellator 67 in Rama, Ont., May 4.