Roy Nelson has been making his feelings known about not only Matt Mitrione, but also his opponent at Bellator 200, Mirko Cro Cop.
In an interview with MMAJunkie recently, Nelson believes that Cro Cop is “back on the special supplements.” Cro Cop did disclose while under UFC contract that he used human growth hormone, which would yield a two year suspension. The suspension would lead to a short-term retirement, and now controversy regarding his working with Bellator.
Cro Cop would take to Facebook this week and make a statement regarding Nelson and his “disgusting beard.”
The two heavyweights faced off seven years ago at UFC 137, where Nelson would win by third round TKO. Cro Cop told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that their rematch at Bellator 200 would be different. Cro Cop claims that prior to their 2011 fight he damaged ligaments in his arm on fight week while sparring with Pat Barry and did not go in 100 percent.
“I don’t want to use this as some excuse, because there is no excuse,” Cro Cop said. “I shouldn’t fight, but it was my problem. I took the fight. I just feel like the results would be different. At least, I would have better chance. This time, i will come completely healthy and I’m sure I will beat Roy Nelson.”
Cro Cop has maintained that he only took a small does of HGH due to an injury leading up to a 2015 fight against Anthony Hamilton. He also believes that since he never tested positive for the substance, that he should not have been suspended for two years, which caused the UFC to release him.
Cro Cop told Helwani that he was the patsy for UFC’s relationship with USADA. “You know why,” Cro Cop said. “Because I was the first one right after the UFC signed with USADA. They were just waiting for a big name to launch their program. But they got the wrong person.”
In regards to the controversy surrounding his signing with Bellator while being under a USADA suspension, Bellator does not have a relationship with USADA, and will have Mike Mazzulli, the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) as the governing body of the fight. Mazzulli will fly to Croatia to personally test Cro Cop, and the Croatian fighter will do everything that is asked of him leading up to the fight with Nelson, telling Helwani that it is absurd that people he should not fight at Bellator 200, since he has already fought five times since being suspended by USADA.
“Why not?” Cro Cop said. “Why shouldn’t I fight on this card? I was suspended for two years — for two years, for nothing. Two years for a negative test results.”
As for Nelson and his comments, Cro Cop said the Facebook post was something he needed to do.
“I hate this kind of trash talk,” he said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what he thinks and what he says. I think he should be worried about our fight. … My advice to him is to be more concentrated about me in the cage.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting