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Roy Nelson Believes Fabricio Werdum Let Crowd Get to Him at UFC 198

Kelsey Mowatt

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum was quickly put away by Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 last weekend, and Roy Nelson believes the 45,000 fans in attendance could be why.

If you watched the bout, then you know that Miocic and Werdum exchanged some shots during the fight’s opening minutes. Then, the Brazilian star charged at Miocic and as the latter was backing up, he flattened Werdum with a right hook. That was that. Miocic is the new heavyweight champ.

Recently Nelson appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he had this to say about what went down (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I think it was the Brazilian crowd of 45,000 people,” Nelson said. “You’re like, ‘Dude, I want to make some things happen. I want to make fireworks.’ And when you do fireworks for the fans, you want to put a show for the fans, you just kind of sometimes get a little over anxious. I know that feeling.”

Chances are Werdum was looking to score a big win on his home turf, and send the Brazilian fans home buzzing. As Nelson proceeded to note, however, you have to check your aggression sometimes. Especially when you’re fighting at heavyweight.

Nelson, meanwhile, is booked to fight Derrick Lewis at UFC FN 90 on July 7th. That’s a fight that shouldn’t last 15 minutes. If it lasts 10 minutes a lot of folks will be surprised.

UFC FN 90 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos will face Eddie Alvarez.

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