Fabricio Werdum Returns to Face Roy Nelson at UFC 143

Fabricio Werdum wasn't exactly the most talked about heavyweight on the planet after getting knocked out in Junior dos Santos' UFC debut and then sent packing from the promotion. Werdum would see his name value skyrocket in June of 2010 when he became the first man in almost ten years to defeat Fedor Emelianenko. The loss to dos Santos also looked better once Junior established himself as the top heavyweight in the world, now holding the UFC title.

While Werdum lost his last Strikeforce fight, a decision against Alistair Overeem, he was brought back to the UFC and now his first fight back has been scheduled. Via MMA Weekly:

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.

This is a great test for both men as both have decent striking but very solid grappling skills. It's likely to turn into a striking match with Werdum's better technique against Roy's bigger power.

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