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If victorious in UFC 130 co-headliner, Roy Nelson expects a title shot

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Fighting Frank Mir is somewhat of a concession for Roy Nelson.

But it's probably the best concession he would have gotten considering that Brock Lesnar was numero uno on his list, and he can earn a living without worrying about a court injunction.

Oh, and the winner of fight will get a title shot, or so Nelson believes. If Mir is the best route to the belt, it's not too bad of an alternative.

"I'll fight anybody, and I want to fight everybody, but whatever is going to get me to the top fastest," Nelson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

The two meet at UFC 130, which takes place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout was previously scheduled for the event's main card but on Monday was promoted to co-main-event status when a headlining bout between lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard was scratched due to injury.

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Post #1   5/10/11 5:52:11PM   

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Rrrright.

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Unless he gets an impressive finish over Mir, I doubt he'll get a title shot after this fight. Because I dont think Dana likes Nelson that much.

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Lesner/JDS winner gets next shot at Cain, I think the winner is going to need one more victory to get a title shot.

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If this were Strikeforce, or if Nelson's name were Demian Maia or Vitor Belfort, maybe he'd get that shot.

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The guy is delusional. I mean he's coming off a loss where he got completely dominated and he's fighting a guy that has looked awful in his last two fights. One a win over an over the hill Cro Crop and a quick knockout loss to Carwin. If anything, both these guys are lucky to even be the co-headliner.

With that being said though Nelson will knock Mir out.

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I forgot he was coming off the JDS loss. So yeah, not happening.

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Beating Mir = The golden ticket apparently.

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Forget the JDS loss, he's got two solid wins over Struve and Schaub, but those followed a loss to Jeff Monson and a humiliating beatdown by Arlovski. Since when does three wins of six fights earn a title shot?

Mir lost his gate keeper status by getting KTFO by Carwin and following it up with an embarassing and sloppy performance against Cro Cop.

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HW is not that deep I don't think one win will get him there but it would put him closer then you might think

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if roy wins, there isnt really anyone else in line after lesnar/jds winner

put him up against the winner of struve/browne, which he would win both, or put him up against morecraft (who isnt ready for a tile shot), maybe russow? dont see any of these guys getting a shot before him, put him in line for a title shot.

there isnt really any other options
I agree with roy

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to bad he won't beat mir

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Sure there are options. Say Nelson wins this fight, then he fights the winner of Carwin's next fight. That's how he gets to the title. Not by getting destroyed by JDS and then beating Mir. That's not going to cut it no matter how shallow the heavyweight division is. Cain will be out until he fights the winner of JDS and Lesnar, that's plenty of time to have another contender emerge, whether it be Nelson, Mir, Carwin or someone else.

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if Nelson wins, who else is there?

JDS will obviously get it if he beats Brock
Brock wins, he will get the next shot solely because of his name (but on a 1 fight win streak after 2 embarrassing fights)
Carwin wins, hes on a 1 fight win streak knocking out a new comer who isnt even in the top 50
Mitrione hasnt beaten anyone special, no top 10 win
Schuab needs a top 10 win, got KTFO by Nelson
Struve just beat 2 UFC debutees after getting KTFO by Nelson in like 30 seconds

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Does this guy not understand that Dana White hates him and it's not very smart to say things like this? I mean, if you want to speak your mind that's great and all, but I just really don't see him doing himself any favours talking like this. Dana really seems to hate him, and this is the kind of comment that makes me think if Dana was considering giving him a title shot after this fight, he won't be anymore.

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