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    Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

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    Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  The_Axe_Emperor on Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:15 pm

    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.

    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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    Great fight IMO, who you got?
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  efils_god on Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:32 pm

    Nelson should be able to keep this standing and get a TKO or UD for me
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  Sheldan on Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:34 pm

    What an excellent topic Axe! Very Happy

    Werdum UD for me.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  p4pnumber_1 on Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:09 pm

    I'm going Nelson via Ko/Tko.

    I think Werdum's only shot at winning this is hoping Nelson takes him down and getting a sub from bottom. He won't knock him out and I don't think he will be able to take him down. I don't think he will outstrike him either.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  sunthunder on Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:40 pm

    Quite a tough pick.

    Werdum isn't quite the liability on his feet that some people think he is. Other than the Dos Santos loss, he generally has shown himself to be a decent survivor standing. I certainly don't think Nelson can really match the standing offence of guys like Arlovski or Kharitonov who Werdum was able to survive. It wouldn't shock me if Werdum was able to utilize his leg kicks a bit.

    Having said that, I think Nelson would stop the majority of Werdum's takedown attempts, so we'll probably see Werdum pulling guard, and I'm not sure what he can get going against Nelson from guard or half guard.

    I could see this being quite a dull one to be honest. Slow paced sprawl and brawl, Werdum flopping to his back a bit.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  The_Axe_Emperor on Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:29 am

    P4p and efils, you really see Nelson KO'ing Werdum when Overeem couldn't?
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  p4pnumber_1 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:49 am

    Yeah fair point!! I know he's no slouch standing, I just think he'll struggle with Nelson's size and strength.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  ChelseaQuinsfan on Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:52 am

    I agree with pretty much everything Sun said. I don't actually see this being the best fight. If Werdum can't get Nelson down he won't engage. It will be the same thing that happened Overoid and Arvloski.

    Werdum is quicker standing though and has good leg kicks. I think Werdum's best chance is to look at Mirs fight with Nelson and go from there.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  redmeanie77 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:25 am














    I would rather Mir-Werdum and Roy-Bigfoot.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  efils_god on Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:00 am

    I dunno axe, if i was picking it'd be Nelson UD, but the guy has power so why not. It depends how Werdum fights but as others have said i'm not sure this'll be the most entertaining fight. I still have shudders thinking of Werdums antics against Overeem, begging him to go to the ground etc.

    It depends how Werdum fights. If he fights like that, then Nelson UD. If he engages then sure Nelson has a chance at a KO/TKO.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  Cowboys From Hell on Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:45 am

    I'd go with Werdum with a shut out think Nelson's power is way overrated and Werdum's chins seems to be underrated because he got knocked out by JDS I mean who else has he been knocked out by.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  rudeboyben84 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:09 am

    Werdum Sub.
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:04 pm

    Werdum by decision if not sub.

    i like how the OP said "both men have very sold grappling skills" as if
    a) they were on the same level, and
    b) being the best heavyweight grappler in the world is "very solid".
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    Re: Fabricio Werdum vs Roy Nelson at UFC 143

    Post  Once Mohawked Pete on Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:33 pm

    Werdum by sub, for me. But like a few, I don't see it being an entertaining fight at all.

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