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Roy Nelson: The UFC made different concessions for Kimbo

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Sergio Non has an excellent interview with Roy Nelson over at USA Today.  They talk about everything that led up to the Slice/Nelson fight, the fight itself, Dana White, and a ton of other stuff.  However, I just wanted to post a couple of excerpts from it and comment on it.  Check it:

That touches on my next question. You pretty much spent the last 30 seconds of the first round hitting him with your left hand, with him helpless underneath you; it was a little reminiscent of the James Thompson fight. How surprised were you that the fight wasn't stopped in the first round before the bell?

I was surprised. You could even see me yelling at Herb Dean, "Come on, ref."

But the thing is, there's a lot of people; there's a lot of money. Kimbo's the only one that I know that had an entourage there; he actually had his family there, his management, while the rest of us kind of had to suffer. The UFC made, we'll say, different concessions for Kimbo. I think he had a media room.

So the UFC made concessions for Kimbo?  I wonder what Dana White would have to say about that and I wonder why nobody else has said anything about this as of yet?

But as Dana always points out, the refs don't work for UFC, right?

No, but Larry Landless doesn't work for the UFC, but he doesn't work as a referee anymore either. Money influences a lot of people.

The best example is, look at California. You've got a lot of people resigning from California('s State Athletic Commision) because they abused their power.

So is Nelson implying that the UFC influences referee's inparticular?  I mean I'm sure they have some pull with athletic commissions, but I don't know if I've ever heard someone come out and say this about referees in general.

After the fight, with the adrenaline going through you, you called yourself the king, but Dana didn't sound too impressed with you, saying you only did just enough to win. How much does that criticism bother you?

It's kind of funny, because as much as Dana was saying, "He did just enough to win," I'll answer that directly as, "That's right. I did exactly what I wanted to do: took no damage; won the fight. That's everything I wanted to do when I was out in the house, so I think I did pretty good for myself."

Dana didn't like it because I just killed the moneymaker. That's the only thing I can think of.

Yeah, the executive producer's hanging out with Kimbo's entourage all mad and disappointed because I won, but little did the executive producer know that I'm an actual fighter — an MMA fighter, not just a barbecue brawler.