Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/1/14
If UFC 161 marked Roy Nelson’s (pictured) Octagon finale, he sure went out with a bang. Unfortunately for “Big Country,” he was the one who got blasted by Stipe Miocic. The good news for Nelson is that he set a UFC record on Saturday. The bad news is it was because he is now the only man to endure 437 significant strikes without being knocked out. However, it appears Nelson’s biggest battle lies ahead of him at the negotiating table. Now that the likable heavyweight has officially entered free agency, he and rival UFC president Dana White want to clear the air regarding some inaccurate – yet top secret – stories that could help open the path for a return. “Somebody’s not telling the truth about something,” White said following the UFC 161 post-fight press conference. “And he said, ‘What we need to do is [get everybody into a room],’ and I said, ‘[Expletive] do it right now. Go get everybody in a room right now we’ll and see who’s telling the truth and who’s not.’ “He doesn’t want to talk about it publicly. I’ve already talked about it too much. I already said too much.” While White continued to question Nelson’s intelligence level - like when Nelson requested and received a higher salary than “The Ultimate Fighter” contract he was on, but declined it to remain on his smaller deal because it “wasn’t what he wanted,” or when he turned down a contract extension prior to fighting Miocic in hopes of increasing his bargaining power at the negotiating table with a win and now faces a possible exile due to the defeat - he admitted the UFC would like to retain the slugger’s services. It will be interesting to see how this free agency period plays out for Nelson. If he and the UFC can’t come to terms, many believe he’ll strike a deal with Viacom that mirrors what Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson received where he can compete in Bellator MMA and TNA Impact Wrestling. The 36-year-old Nelson owns a 19-8 professional record. His last 10 victories have come in (T)KO fashion.

Jay Cutler to start again due to Jimmy Clausen concussion

Aldon Smith was reportedly drinking with Ray McDonald

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17 with injury

Dwyane Wade hopes Heat fans give LeBron a warm reception

Adam Silver: No NBA team is tanking

Penguins having three more players tested for mumps


Jay Cutler is not the answer for the Titans

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

WATCH: BYU, Memphis fight after Miami Beach Bowl

FSU sends recruit 75 reasons to play for Seminoles

Dale Earnhardt Jr., girlfriend wear great Christmas sweaters

Brandon Marshall: Raiola mocked my mental illness

Don't mess with Seahawks punter Jon Ryan

Niners OT asked Manti Te'o about his fake girlfriend

Darren Sproles' wife Michel fires back at Eagles critics

Steve Smith expects 'couch quarterback' criticism

WATCH: Tennessee walk-on gets scholarship as bowl gift

Raiders player gives game check to young girl in need

Game of the week: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Yankees pay for education of slain officer's children

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

BYU, Memphis fight after bowl game

FSU sends recruit an eccentric pitch

Brandon Marshall unloads on Raiola

Did Aldon Smith violate probation?

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17

An appreciation for Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab touchdown celebrations

D-Wade: Heat fans should cheer LeBron

Niners OT asked Te'o about fake girlfriend

Sproles' wife fires back at Eagles critics

Game of the week: Lions vs. Packers

'Manny' is the must-watch documentary about Manny Pacquiao

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.