UFC 143 Results: What we Learned from Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum

First LastCorrespondent IFebruary 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Fabricio Werdum arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Fabricio Werdum returned to the UFC for the first time since his loss to Junior dos Santos to defeat Roy Nelson by decision in the co-main event of UFC 143.

The judges scored the bout unanimously for Werdum with 30-27 scorecards.


What We'll Remember about This Fight

Once again, fans got a taste of the type of punishment Nelson can take. The first round saw Werdum utilizing the Muay Thai clinch and brutalizing Nelson with knees.

The bout was even momentarily stopped for the doctors to check the bloodied face of Nelson, who was able to survive and press forward for the remainder of the bout.


What We Learned about Fabricio Werdum

Werdum was impressive in his first fight since losing to Alistair Overeem, and with a much-improved stand-up attack and an array of strikes, he was able to take it to "Big Country" and control the action for the majority of the fight.


What We Learned about Roy Nelson

Nelson is tough, but this isn't anything new. We've seen him take the best of guys like Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir, and they were both unable to put him away despite landing a lot of significant strikes.

He even managed to survive a submission attempt by Werdum, who is regarded as one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts in the heavyweight division.


What's Next for Werdum

A fight versus Frank Mir could be an intriguing matchup between two of the best submission grapplers in the sport. It being in the heavyweight division makes it that more exciting.


What's Next for Nelson

If Shane Carwin is ready to come back, a fight versus the former UFC title challenger could be one that sees both trying their best to get back into the win column.

Carwin is on a two-fight losing streak, and with Nelson coming off a loss, this could be a fan-friendly fight that sees one of them getting knocked out.