Time for Big Country to get serious

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

You won’t find him on anyone’s Top 10 list and if talk turns to the studs of the UFC’s premier weight class, his name is seldom mentioned.

Roy (Big Country) Nelson is the self-made Rodney Dangerfield of UFC heavyweights — no respect.

Some see him as the modern-day Tank Abbott.

But outside of the overgrown facial hair, there is little resemblance.

The man with the toughest chin in the UFC — remember he was the first fighter to take now-champ Junior Dos Santos the distance — is more than just a slugging tribute to the beer-and-wings man.

He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, has fought in the Abu Dhabi Grappling Championship and has a cement-heavy right hand.

If he ever decided to trade the Big Macs in for an athlete’s diet and cardio plan, he’d be lethal.

The frustration with Nelson is, that despite having all the tools, he toys with getting serious about his conditioning.

He has said if he gets 100,000 likes on his Facebook page, he’ll drop down to 205 pounds. He has since changed his mind.

The 16-7 fighter will face Antonio Silva at UFC 146 and, should he be successful, will no doubt get a Top 10 fighter next.

Should that happen, a new-and-in-shape Nelson could actually make a run in the heavyweight class.

But playing to everyman, rubbing your belly and gassing out has a limited shelf-life.

Here’s hoping Roy gets serious.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca

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