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UFC's Roy Nelson Banking On The Beard

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UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson is hoping to defer criticism of his oft-expansive physique with his new expansively hirsute beard. Via NBC sports:

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"My hair has grown out a little longer. My beard is a little longer. So definitely, we're going to see a different Roy Nelson. I just want to basically wow people with my beard, so definitely going for that. Everybody always talks about my weight, but that's throughout my whole entire life. It's nothing new. I'm sure everybody is going to talk about my weight next week, and then after my fight, and then my weight after that. It's just because people are mean. To me, I look in the mirror every day, my wife thinks I'm beautiful, so I'm going to say probably not (look different). I hope I just perform better. Looks are in the eye of the beholder."

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Nelson is training for his upcoming UFC 137 bout against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic with Frank Mir, the man who beat him at UFC 130 in May.

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