Fabricio Werdum Confirms UFC 143 Fight with Roy Nelson

December 20, 2011
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Fabricio Werdum’s return to the UFC is official and he’ll kick off his second campaign against Roy Nelson at UFC 143.

Werdum made the announcement about his return on Tuesday at his gym in California, where he answered fan questions and talked about his new deal via Ustream.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace confirmed that he has signed a new 4-fight deal with the UFC that kicks off Feb 4 in Las Vegas.

Werdum also confirmed independently when speaking with MMAWeekly.com‘s Erik Fontanez on Tuesday that he has verbally agreed to face Roy Nelson on the card.

The bout between Werdum and Nelson will definitely be on the main card for the show, but current rumors have placed the fight as a co-main event for the show.

The headliner will feature an interim welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz.

MMAWeekly.com will have a featured video interview with Werdum later on Tuesday.

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  • T Spoon

    Werdum went 2-2 in the UFC before going to Strikeforce. If he thought the HW division was tough in 2008, he’ll be in trouble for his return.

  • Roy’s no slouch on the ground. I think Nelson pulls off the win (decision) by keeping it on the feet for the majority of the fight and avoiding trouble on the ground when it does go there. I don’t know how good of a fight it will be though.

  • MikeMc1983

    I can’t give a really good reason, as it is I don’t know why I want to see werdum fight Mir. I’d even like it to be 5 rounds. I don’t think it has a bunch to do with Mir’s last fight, but it might. The fight wouldn’t really mean anything, but for some reason I think it could be a fun chess match to watch.
    This comment doesn’t really fit here, other than it might happen if stars align. Like if Mir loses his next fight and werdum wins. Maybe if the cream puff gets hurt it could happen.