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Morning Report: Roy Nelson calls Brock Lesnar the heavyweight Conor McGregor, says fight with him would be 'biggest pay-per-view of all-time'

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Seems like fighters have figured out it's a good idea to call out the biggest draws.

When Brock Lesnar announced he was returning to MMA at UFC 200 there was a horde of heavyweights angling for the matchup. Ultimately, the fight went to Mark Hunt but that hasn't stopped one fighter from trying to position himself for a fight with Lesnar after UFC 200. Roy Nelson spoke to FOX Sports yesterday about the appeal of fighting Lesnar.

"I'd definitely take that fight. It's definitely a money fight. In the heavyweight division, that's the Conor McGregor. He just brings a whole other audience. It would be like if Tom Cruise said he wanted to fight or Shaquille O'Neal, it's just somebody that's so out there and well-known.

"If Dana White said he wanted to fight heavyweight, everybody would watch that fight tomorrow just because they want to watch Dana get beat up or win or whatever it is. Because they're just so well-known."

Lesnar is arguably the biggest draw in the history of the UFC, even over McGregor; however, that doesn't mean the fight is a money fight for Nelson. Barring his contract giving him PPV points (which seems unlikely though possible) Nelson wouldn't receive a huge pay hike for taking the fight. He could however, use a victory to bolster his own star power a la Nate Diaz's win over McGregor. It's a position Nelson has been in before when he defeated MMA phenomenon Kimbo Slice during The Ultimate Fighter.

But Nelson didn't stop at saying he would accept the fight. He went on to predict that if the UFC would make that fight it would break all the UFC records, even UFC 200 which has yet to occur but is tracking towards a massive event.

"After I get through Derrick [Lewis] and Brock still wants to fight, I'll definitely fight and it will probably be the biggest pay-per-view of all time. We'll blow Conor McGregor, UFC 100, and even UFC 200 out of the water. Because of our styles, the style I fight, Brock Lesnar's name, and the way I market myself and now with the UFC push behind me, it would get pushed to a whole new freaking level."

This is a pretty big claim for a fighter who is well liked but has never headlined a UFC pay-per-view event. He has headlined four UFC television events which each did respectable live gate numbers but were nowhere near the best in the company's history. However, should Lesnar beat Mark Hunt in his return and opt to fight again, it is entirely plausible his star power will be bigger than ever. But beating Hunt is no sure thing, though Nelson believes the fight favors Lesnar.

"I think [Lesnar has] always been the guy who picked his fights. He says he doesn't pick his fights, they give him whoever they wanted but I think stylistically it's a good fight for him. It's a striker versus grappler. If it's on the feet, it's all Mark. If it gets to the ground, Brock has a chance. It's simple. It's not like rocket science or anything."

Nelson fights Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 90 on July 7. Two days later Lesnar will be fighting Hunt at UFC 200 where Nelson says he will be in the crowd. We will see if it's to set up a fight between the two of them.

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TWEETS

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Conor was pretty hype about Ireland knocking off Italy.

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Stipe living the high life right now.

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The 4 billion dollar question.

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And then there is this.

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Very busy man.

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Getting closer folks. Get hype.

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Haven't verified this but just throwing it out there.

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I might be in the minority, but messing with a sleeping person just ain't right.

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Corey Anderson is doing a give away with his signed fighter kit so here it is so y'all can enter if you'd like.

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Werdum says tapping Fedor was the happiest day of his career. Over winning the UFC title.

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Letourneau talks about her top situation this past weekend.

I want to clarify something, my daughter told me what the commentators were saying during the fight, and I felt insulted. I have been practicing martial arts for 17 years, so I have no problem taking hits to the chest. It is the rule, and it isn't worse than a low kick! My only problem during the fight is that my bra litterally slipped under my breasts. This is why I stared, embarrassed, at the referee, and I have no idea what Jojo told me, but I had to keep fighting. It seems that I was being mocked because I seemed to be complaining of blows to the breast. I think that I have nothing to prove regarding the numbers of hits I can take without complaining. Guys, would you be able to keep fighting without being distracted if one of your nuts was slipping out of your shorts? Anyway, it does not excuse my defeat, but I wanted to clarify this part of the fight!

A photo posted by Valerie Letourneau (@valerietroubleletourneau) on

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No idea what this means but Khaleesi is coming to Westeros.

Guys are coming up #Ultimate Beastmaster.

A photo posted by Anderson Silva (@spiderandersonsilva) on

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Sultan Aliev (13-2-0) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1)UFC 202, August 20.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2002: Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama went all rock 'em sock 'em robots on each other at Pride 21. Their fight is recognized as one of the most entertaining in MMA history and won the Wrestling Observer's Fight of the Year award. This event also marked the Pride debut of heavyweight GOAT Fedor Emelianenko who won a unanimous decision overSemmy Schilt.

2007: B.J. Penn avenged his first MMA loss, submitting Jens Pulver with a rear-naked choke in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale. The co-main event of the evening saw Nate Diaz win the lightweight tournament final of that season of TUF when Manny Gamburyan suffered a shoulder injury in the second round.

2012: Rich Franklin recorded his last career MMA win, a unanimous decision over Wanderlei Silva in the main event ofUFC 147. Silva was originally supposed to fight Vitor Belfort but Belfort was forced to pull out and Franklin stepped in to rematch Silva.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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The only way Nelson vs. Lesnar breaks UFC records is if the undercard is McGregor vs. Mayweather and Rousey vs. Cyborg. But I respect his hustle for getting out there and trying to make things happen and his fight with Derrick Lewis is gonna be all types of fun.

Until tomorrow M-Rmy, be easy.

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