Former IFL champion Roy Nelson talks to MMAWeekly about how his TUF bout with Kimbo Slice came about:
"Rashad (Evans) took us all in the back and said, 'okay, who would you like to fight? Who do you think you match up good with?' The whole nine yards. And then you just kind of picked who you wanted," explained Nelson. "Me, I went in and was like, I want Zak (Jensen). They were like, 'why do you want Zak?' I was like, well, he got gogoplata'd by Brad Imes, so I want Zak. They were like, 'you match better against Kimbo.' I'm like no I don't. I match really good with Zak, trust me."
"You just need somebody that will make Kimbo look better than what he is because he can't lose to nobody else. That's kind of how I picked it. From a business aspect, it just makes sense. That's what I would do if I was running the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter, but as a fighter I wanted Zak."
Nelson is kind of contradicting himself here, as I vividly recall him telling someone in the house during the second episode that he wanted the Kimbo fight.
Nelson further elaborates on the fight and the aftermath:
"Me and Kimbo, we talked about it, like how much money we would have potentially lost by fighting actually on the show," stated Nelson. "We could have headlined shows just by ourselves, so it's actually kind of funny to go that route, but I'm glad that we did it. I think it's probably going to be Spike's number one show by far than even the premier."
"I think it's going to be the fight of The Ultimate Fighter, and then it just gets better because after that you get to see the drama of what happens to me and Kimbo living in the same room together."
I wonder what type of drama comes about as a result of the fight? Make sure you join us here Wednesday night to see how it all unfolds.