Nelson on Why He Jumped to Bellator

For Roy “Big Country” Nelson, it will be the same kind of job as he’s had on any other fight night. What makes tonight different, however, will be the faces around him and the stage he walks out of.

Nelson makes his Bellator MMA debut tonight at Bellator 183, taking on Javy Ayala. Nelson, the UFC veteran and winner of the tenth season of the Ultimate Fighter, says he feels more enthusiastic about tonight than he did inside the Octagon.

“It’s when you wake up for a new job, even though it’s the same old job, but it’s a new job and you want to put your best foot forward. The biggest difference is being excited to go to work, I can’t wait for [tonight].”

Nelson explained that his jump from one organization to another had nothing to do with money. He claims it has more to do with the people in the company and their appreciation for the man known as “Big Country.”

“Actually, it was a super easy decision. It was a no brainer. It had nothing to do with the offer. It had everything to do with ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ That is appreciation. One of the things in marriage is you have to understand what appreciation is about, and that’ll keep me for longevity. That’s why my fans love me, because I appreciate them. Because with no fans, there would be no sport, no fighting for me, no UFC, no Bellator, no Rizin, there’d be nothing without the fans.”

Nelson and Ayala will collide in the Bellator 183 co-main event. Headlining the card will be lightweight stars Benson Henderson, a fellow UFC veteran, and Patricky Pitbull.

Original story: MMA Fighting

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