Morning Report: Dana White trying hard to like 'delusional' Roy Nelson

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Now dropping back-to-back fights, Roy Nelson isn't getting cut much slack by UFC president Dana White, not that he ever was. Nelson, who struggled against Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of UFC 166, attributed his frustrating appearance to a tentative dance partner. Out-struck 74-17 (3-0 on takedowns) by Cormier, Nelson didn't garner much sympathy from White.

"It's stuff like that," said White during his post-fight media scrum. "He said Cormier wasn't engaging enough. [Cormier] outwrestled him, and he punched the living s--t out of him. How much more does he want to be engaged? Huh? He says some dumb s**t and he's very delusional.

"He says we've never given him a title shot when we should have got a title shot. Every time you get that close to a title shot, you get beat by the best in the world. That's why you've never had a title shot."

Once calling his relationship with the Prez more similar to that of a husband and wife, Nelson and White have traded barbs through the media for years. With Nelson signing a new nine-fight deal in July, some thought the pair had largely reconciled.

"Contrary to popular belief, I try so hard to like Roy Nelson. It's like, I saw him backstage before I came out to talk to you guys. 'What's up Roy? You looked good. You lost weight,' this and that. Then I come out and hear the stupid s**t he said to you guys right before I walk out there. The guy says the dumbest s**t I've ever heard in my life and he's very delusional.

"That being said, I think he's an incredibly tough guy, with his physique and everything. I'm blown away he can compete at this level. How talented he is and what a great chin he has. But every time he gets above No. 5, he looks like he doesn't belong in the top 10. You get him in there with some guys that aren't and he looks like a world beater. Everybody starts yelling 'He should get a title shot!' Then you see him fight guys that are athletic and talented and he looks like he doesn't belong in the top 10."

Under contract for eight more and looking slimmer than ever, we'll have to see if Nelson follows Cormier's move to 205lbs.

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MEDIA STEW

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Cain retains the belt.

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One for the ages.

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Weekend edition of the Tommy Toe Hold Show.

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One FC 11 Total Domination highlights.

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Behind the scenes at Glory 11.

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Video blog with Bas Rutten. Bas coaches his fighters at an amateur MMA event.

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Quick Brazilian KO.

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TWEETS

As always, make sure to check out our extensive Pro React piece to see what fighters had to say during the fights.

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The morning after.

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Matchmaking?

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Maybe check out Gil/Diego.

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Stone Cold.

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Busy busy.

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Salt in the wound.

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GSP, the Terminator, who's next?

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I still like Dodson's chances.

but together...

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Oct. 10 2013)

Mike Wilkinson out, Robert Whiteford vs. Jimy Hettes at UFC Fight Night 30

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via SocratesRising.

Velasquez; I'm not sold.

Ok, ok I know what you are thinking - wtf dude, he just mauled JDS AGAIN for five rounds. Hear me out. I just watched the fight and I listened to Joe Rogan (I love him as an announcer btw) wax on about Cain's amazing cardio, talk at length about his work ethic and wrestling prowess. Cain is impressive as hell with those attributes. I was left somewhat dissatisfied by this performance though. Taking nothing away from Cain; I saw a fighter who is capable of absolutely smothering his opponent with constant movement and a relentless pace. I believe 95% of those 25 minutes were spent with Cain pressing JDS against the fence. When they broke either because of the rare occasion when JDS was able to create space or Cain just decided to grant space, JDS looked much better. Whenever they had space, JDS was clearly the more dangerous, dynamic and skilled fighter.

The old saying, just because you can doesn't mean you should - to me that rings true in a weird way here. If Cain doesn't possess great finishing skills, punching power or submissions - he should thank God every night he was blessed with 4 gas tanks when the average HW has 1/2 of one. He certainly is using the tools in his belt to the best of his ability. But to me that fight didn't seem fair in a weird way. It was like Cain was thinking, "I know you can beat me standing, so let me hold you here against this wall for 22 minutes of the next 25 and pitter pat you until you wear out."

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