Blast from the past: Why Bellator 194's Roy Nelson digs MMA tourneys

Roy Nelson sounds a lot like a voice from Bellator’s past when he talks the appeal of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix.

“It’s knowing if I win three fights, I’ll be champion – plain and simple,” Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who next faces Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) at Bellator 194, told MMAjunkie.

Former Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney harped on the same idea for years under the promotion’s previous structure, positioning it as a fairer alternative to the UFC, where...

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