Fabricio Werdum Faces Roy Nelson in UFC Return

December 14, 2011
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A UFC 143 heavyweight showdown between Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum is in tap for Super Bowl weekend, according to MMAWeekly.com sources.

Nelson’s (16-6) UFC tenure was teetering on the brink following back-to-back losses to Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir, but he bounced back strong in his most recent fight. Nelson took the fight to Mirko “Cro Cop Filipovic at UFC 137, likely ending the Croatian’s career via a third-round TKO stoppage.

The win over Cro Cop gave Nelson new life in the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 winner was under heavy scrutiny after the losses and receiving a heavy dose of criticism over his weight, but a victory always goes a long way towards silencing the critics.

Werdum (14-5-1) was on a strong run in Strikeforce, capping a three-fight winning streak with a victory over Fedor Emelianenko. He was upended in his most recent bout, delivering a lackluster performance and losing a unanimous decision to Alistair Overeem in June.

Werdum has been very vocal about wanting to return to the UFC, now getting his wish granted. He had a two-fight streak in his past UFC life halted by current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.

A battle for the interim UFC welterweight championship between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit headlines UFC 143 on Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

(Erik Fontanez and Damon Martin contributed to this report.)

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  • mmafan7

    Why is this site always second to Junkie…?

  • Check your facts. We broke the story, they credited us.

  • While its nice to get another fighter out of Strikeforce, can we trade Werdum for Barnett instead?

  • shakejunt

    Is Werdum an exception to Dana’s new thing of “Strikeforce fighters staying in Strikeforce” or is Dana just being Dana?

  • From what I understand, the Werdum deal was done before the new Strikeforce deal got finished.

  • I would prefer for Roy Nelson to go to Strikeforce and fight Chadd Griggs. Who wants to see Werdum again after his last fight with Overreem? If Strikeforce is going to stay around at least leave some guys to make some decent fights. The Challengers cards have been very weak recently. Let’s see guys that have had their shot in UFC and come up short go to Strikeforce like Nelson and Jardine.

    • kanienkeha009

      Seriously?? Nelson is better off in UFC. He’s a fan favourite. Add that to his recent weight loss and win over Crocop and he’s no longer on the chopping block. Rumour has it he has cut even more weight since his last bout. As bad as Werdum looked I can see Roy winning this fight

  • spydermonkey

    I thought for sure his next opponent would be that new Texas triple meat wopper or some other giant cheese burger!

  • spydermonkey

    Well at least we all may be privledged to see Roy’s jits skill set, that a lot of people sleep on.