Probably the best word to describe the UFC Star Fighter, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, is authentic. He is down to earth and no non-sense. He holds no punches, figuratively and literally speaking.
As a person who has connections to Las Vegas, I am somewhat rooting for this home-town favorite to excel in a sport that is unrelenting.
What most people may underestimate about Nelson is that he is the amount of real training he has. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Black Sash in Kung Fu, trained in boxing by Jeff Mayweather (a member of the Mayweather boxing family).
Here is a bit about his mixed martial arts career. Nelson currently competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), there holding a record of 22-13. He won Season 10 of Spike TV‘s The Ultimate Fighter. He was the first and the last IFL Heavyweight Champion, competing for Ken Shamrock‘s Nevada Lions, and has also fought for EliteXC and BodogFIGHT. As of April 15, 2016, he is #10 in official UFC heavyweight rankings. He holds notable wins over Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione, Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Roy Nelson announced his presence in the IFL by winning the IFL Heavyweight Belt. Roy is known primarily as a submissions specialist and ground technician, Nelson also has a growing reputation for his “ground and pound” and striking skills, knocking out both Bryan Vetell and Antoine Jaoude en route to becoming the league’s first heavyweight champion.
The Las Vegas native has helped train some of the top fighters in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world. As someone who says he was motivated to learn martial arts after watching “The Karate Kid” and classic American Ninja. Nelson is quickly making his mark in the sport with devastating finishes and an ebullient personality. Despite what many think of his physical attributes by looking at him, Roy has suprising speed and agility for his size and has the endurance necessary to finish fights even in later rounds.
A decorated grappling champion, known for his skills on the mat, Roy also has heavy hands and impressive striking technique. From his early days studying Shaolin Kung Fu. He has spent many years developing his stand-up game and has finished off just as many opponents with his devastating right hand and ground and pound as he has with his punishing submission skills. He is truly a mixed martial artist, well-rounded and capable of bringing the fight to any range and skillset. He is one of the most exciting fighters who can finish the fight standing, or on the ground.
When I had the opportunity to interview Roy Nelson, I was absolutely both thrilled and honored.
I would like to welcome, Roy “Big Country” Nelson.
Thank you Roy, to begin….
Could you tell us a little bit about how you got into Calisthenics?
I think the first time I ever did calisthenics was the first time I played organized sports to warmup for my sport.
You have inspired people all around the world, who has inspired you in your life?
The people who inspire me are simply anyone and everyone that makes me a better person.
If you could thank three people in your life who would they be and what would you say to each of them?
Three people in my life I want to thank are:
My wife Jessy I want to thank you for pushing me and focusing on the things that mean the world to me.
My mother I want to thank you for showing me what is important in life and what to do and not to do. “The Golden Rule”
The last one is more of the universe, I want to thank you for all the failures you gave me and forced me pick up and move on to be a better person.
There are a lot of myths or just plain non-truths when it comes to Calisthenics what is one that you seem to hear over and over?
I think the biggest myths is they say you can’t really build strength, but body weight exercise can make you really strong and explosive.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in life either personally or professionally?
The most important lesson is failure it is the building block to the house you want to build called your life.
In one sentence or phrase how would you define success?
Success is how many lives you have touched and how many people loved you back.
What was the most challenging or difficult decision you had to make?
The most difficult decision I have ever had to make was as a child having to decide which parent to live with.
As an inspirational and motivational fitness star, what pearls of wisdom or words of advice would you have for those chasing their dreams?
The simplest thing to chasing your dream is being persistence and being consistent.
What was the best decision you have made?
Best decision is marring my wife, who is wonderful & who also gave me my baby boy Jaxson.
What question should I have asked you that I didn’t ask? Why is that question important and what is the answer?
The one question you should have asked, would have been where do you go to get more information about Roy “Big Country” Nelson?
You can check out more information about Roy “Big Country” Nelson at his website: Roynelson.com
Also you can find him at twitter: twitter.com/roynelsonmma
Here is his Facebook page: facebook.com/roynelsonufc
And you can check him out at his Instagram page: instagram.com/roynelsonufc
Here is a great behind the scenes interview with Big Country (Time: 5:49 Minutes):