Nelson-Cro Cop Talk Bellator 200
On Thursday, Bellator held a media conference call with the four men who will compete in the evening’s top two matches, as Mirko Cro Cop will take on Roy Nelson, and middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will defend his title against Gegard Mousasi.
Cro Cop and Nelson are not only battling for the spot as an alternate in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, but Cro Cop looks to avenge his 2011 loss to Nelson at UFC 137.
Cro Cop told reporters on Thursday that he cares more about fighting Nelson, and less about being an alternate for the tournament.
“First of all I don’t think it will happen second I’m just going to concentrate on my fight,” claimed Cro Cop during the call
“I like tournament but basically this is not a tournament in the way I’m used to fighting. For me it’s three fights in one night or two fights, this is not the case, it’s just a single fight.”
Per the former PRIDE superstar, this fight was the main reason he signed with Bellator in the first place. H
“I’m not happy just to fight in Bellator, no of course I would like to avenge my loss against Roy,” Cro Cop said in Thursday’s conference.”
The man who will stand across him in the Bellator Cage, Roy Nelson, feels his win seven years ago doesn’t give him the advantage on May 25th.
“No I think every Heavyweight fight is different, especially the fact that fight happened years ago, said Nelson.
“I think Mirko’s done really well for the last couple of years so he’s definitely improved, but as a fighter as a Heavyweight you just got out there and you just fight and put on a show for the fans.”
One major sticking point ever since Cro Cop was signed for the event, has been drug testing. Cro Cop is still saddled with a USADA suspension, which caused his departure from the UFC in 2015 after admitting he was using Human Growth Hormone.
Bellator attempted to remedy the situation, by having Cro Cop meet with the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli on April 5th to take an out-of-competition drug test.
And while that is sufficient for Bellator, Nelson still may have doubts. “We get tested all the time and then 10 weeks or 11 weeks out doesn’t really make a difference for the fight,” Nelson claimed before the end of Thursday’s call.