“Probably Cain because I’ve already fought Junior, and I’m always about fighting everybody at least once,” Nelson said. “I was supposed to fight Cain in my sixth fight ever in MMA and he turned that down so it’s definitely a fight that I’d like to fight.”
Nelson fights Cormier in the co-main of UFC 166, and a victory inches him closer to a title shot against the winner of Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos.
“There’s not too many people that can get a nine-fight deal out of the UFC. I’m a staple in the UFC, and they know the type of fans that I bring and what kind of entertainment value that I have for the UFC,” Nelson said.
“It ended up working out in my favor. I’m fighting my last fight. I got more money, and now I get a chance to fight for the belt. That’s basically my goal,” added Nelson. “I’ve got my goals and the UFC helped me and we laid it out, the best way to accomplish my goals. As long as they can make money off me, they don’t really care.”
Nelson is hoping for a title shot if he can slip past Cormier at UFC 166.
“The goal is to get to the title. If I’ve got to sit back and wait for a couple of different things to fall into place, I’ll fight people that I’ve always wanted to fight, legends in the sport,” he said. “Like Big Nog (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira).”
Nelson insists that Cormier is the top guy behind dos Santos, so a victory over him would put him in title contention.
“DC is top of the food chain. The only other person that’s before him is dos Santos and dos Santos is already fighting for the belt. So I look at DC as a guy to beat and you get the belt shot,” Nelson recently told MMA’s Great Debate podcast. “If I can beat DC, I’m fighting for the belt next.”