Big Country Nelson will 'die' trying to make 205lbs

ESPN staff
August 16, 2011
Roy Nelson was battered by Frank Mir in his last UFC outing © Getty Images

Roy Nelson may not compete at light-heavyweight in his next fight, but he is adamant he will one day hit the 205lb marker - even if he has to lose a limb to do so.

Nelson was in Milwaukee in support of new team-mate Dan Hardy, who lost to Chris Lytle in Sunday's main event. Hardy has enlisted Nelson's help to improve his wrestling.

Big Country has his own career to rescue though after back-to-back defeats, the last of which saw him gas after just one round - a scenario Nelson later blamed on illness. UFC president Dana White was less forgiving, demanding the 260lb heavyweight lose his trademark belly in order to attempt to get down to 205lbs.

"I'm not slimmer. I'm just buff," a trim-looking Nelson told Heavy.com. "I don't want to call it a diet program I'm working on. I think it is more of a lifestyle change, so I'll call it my new coaching program.

"Diet is the wrong word because if you look at the first three letters of the word it spells 'die' and that's what it feels like!

"I'm going to make 205 someday. Mark my words I will at some point be 205lbs. I might be dead, get old and lose some muscle mass or in a car accident where I lose one of my legs but I will hit that weight somewhere along the line. I can guarantee that I will reach that weight but it may come under some drastic circumstances."

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