Roy Nelson was born on June 20, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and also grew up in that city. So much information about his personal life, especially his early family life, and information about his family members is lost. We know that Nelson completed his high school education at Cimarron-Memorial High School. His romance with sports began there, as he was involved in the school’s baseball, soccer and wrestling programs.
When Nelson was fifteen years old, he joined the school and began learning karate (Shaolin Kung Fu) under the legendary Yuey Wong Ark. There is no information about Roy Nelson’s college history, but he worked with children for seven years as a substitute teacher and volunteer for the afternoon program in Clark County, Nevada. His ancestry and heritage are not known, but he is an American by nationality and belongs to the white ethnic group.
Roy Nelson Career
Although Roy Nelson is widely known as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, he previously worked as a substitute teacher for seven years and in 1999 also as a warehouse worker. After gaining considerable experience in karate in his teenage years, Nelson began training again under UFC veteran John Lewis in 2000, but this time in the martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He also played rugby in Las Vegas Blackjacks for two years (between 2002-2003), before beginning his MMA career in April 2004. His impressive record of 6 victories in seven fights contributed to his being picked up by the International Fight League (IFL).
He became IFL Heavyweight Champion in 2007 before the IFL was merged. In 2010 he moved to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he continued to be successful. After his contract with the UFC expired in 2017, he signed with Bellator MMA as a fighter. His contract with Bellator MMA was an all-around contract and his first fight took place on September 23rd, 2017, which he won by unanimous decision against Javy Ayala.
Across all media platforms, it is widely reported that Roy Nelson was not treated fairly by the UFC in terms of pay. It is said that he is worth much more than he has actually received from his fights in the past since he signed up as a fighter. His net worth is currently estimated at only half a million dollars ($500,000).
Who Is His Wife, Jess?
Roy Nelson is married to the beautiful and robust Jess Nelson, and they have been married since 2009. Details of their relationship (how they met, when they got engaged, where they got married, etc.) are not known, but the lovely couple has a son together. The name of their son is Jax Nelson.
Nelson considers his family, especially his wife, to be his “personal hero” because, according to him, she has accompanied him through the rough and dark phases of his life and career. Despite his celebrity status, he has remained faithful and loyal to his wife and family. So far, there has been no scandalous news to shake the couple’s love boat.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Nelson has a very unsuitable body shape for a fighter. Although he is a very tall man at 183 cm (6 ft), his physique does not sell him as a player at first sight. His weight is estimated at 112 kg (246 lbs), which helps him to do his job in the ring. His other body measurements are not available and he has long brown hair and brown eyes.
Other Facts About Roy Nelson
A lesser-known fact about Roy Nelson is that the 2009 MMA fighter was awarded a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Master Renzo Gracie. He also has a black sash in Kung Fu.
Nelson used his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he participated in the Grappling Championships in Abu Dhabi.
He has fought 37 fights in MMA and won 23. Of his 23 wins, 14 were won by knockout (KO), 5 by submission, and 4 by decision.
Nelson does not look like an athlete, much more like a fighter, and it is said that he has the biggest chin in MMA.
The pink boxing gloves he always wears originally belonged to his wife Jess, but he inherited the pair because they were too big for his wife.
Roy Nelson has an active social media following with a total of 534,000 followers on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.