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Is Roy Nelson just blowing smoke or is his UFC career in jeopardy?

So will Roy Nelson fight in the UFC in 2011? He says yes; UFC president Dana White says he’s not so sure. The problem: apparently, Nelson has a contract with former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions that predates his stint in the UFC.

Nelson did headline a boxing/MMA hybrid card back in March of 2009 in which he lost to Jeff Monson, which was just prior to Nelson joining season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Now, Nelson has been pulled from UFC 125 – he was slated to face Shane Carwin, who dropped out with an injury, and while several replacements stepped forward, including Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, the UFC would have none of it.

Lawyers are obviously involved, court dates have been mulled (January 2012 is the latest rumour) and the whole thing feels messy. Except to Roy Nelson. I caught up with Big Country at Grant Brothers in Toronto on Sunday, and here’s what he had to say about the controversy – or non-controversy, as he seems to think it is.

Ed. Note: Special thanks to MMA photographer Glenn Dextras of KO Shots for handling the camerawork.

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