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Fabricio Werdum Hopes To Knockout Roy Nelson At UFC 143

Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit isn’t the only good fight on the UFC 143 card this weekend.

Fabricio Werdum is returning to the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce where he became the first fighter to legitimately defeat Fedor Emelianenko. He’s taking on Roy Nelson in what will hopefully be a good scrap.

In a recent interview with Brazilian media outlet Globo, Werdum warned that Nelson needs to keep his hands up or he might get knocked out. Translation via BE:

I can tell you that he’ll need to keep his hands up, because a knockout might happen. He’ll need to keep his hands way up, in high guard. I think I’ll hit his legs a lot. Roy Nelson is very tough and can endure a lot of beating, he showed that against [Junior dos Santos], but there’s always a weak spot. I’ll try to look for that flaw during the fight. I think I will win with agility and mobility. I am well mentally, as well as physically, much faster and this will be determinant in this fight, due to the fact that he’s slower, a fatty.

It will be a very strategic fight. It’s my return to the UFC, it will be very important to me. When I have the opportunity to KO or submit, I will do it. I don’t like to win by points, it happens sometimes, but my prevision is this: knockout or submission. The main thing is the victory. My mom always tells me that the important thing is to raise the arm in the end (laughs).

This is a tough one to predict. Werdum did tag Alistair Overeem a few times when they fought, so it stands to reason that he could hang with Roy on the feet, although I think the slight edge has to go Nelson there. On the ground, you have to give the edge to Werdum. Nelson is well-versed in BJJ as well, but Werdum is a former ADCC champion. In other words, definitely don’t expect to see Nelson put Werdum in one of his crucifixes.

I do think the fight will end in a decision, but who comes out the victor is anyone’s guess. Any predictions?

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

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