Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum picked apart Roy Nelson to earn a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in his return to the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC 43 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
MMAFrenzy.com’s play-by-play of Werdum vs. Nelson by Chris Leslie is below:
Round 1 – Josh Rosenthal is our referee. Touch of gloves and we’re off. USA chant starts already… sigh… Nice knee by Werdum. Wicked combo by Werdum answered by a body kick. Quick takedown by Werdum and he quickly takes Nelson’s back. Nelson works back up along the cage but Werdum is blasting way with muay thai knees that are landing brutally. Nelson manages to reverse position along the cage and is working some short punches. More nasty knees by Werdum, yikes. Nelson manages to reverse along the cage but Werdum is still landing hard knees to Nelson. Nelso is just holding Werdum against the cage with occasional knees and the ref breaks them apart. Holy crap Nelson’s nose is bleeding horribly. Doctor let’s it go though. Werdum with another knee off the restart. Legkick by Werdum is countered by an overhand right and knocks him down. Nelson chases and almost makes the same mistake Fedor did. Nelson backs out of the expert guard. Nice body kick to knee combo by Werdum. Werdum barely misses a wheel kick as the round ends. Impressive round by Werdum wow. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Werdum.
Round 2 – Fighters touch gloves again. Werdum with a nice legkick. Brutal knee by Werdum briefly knocks down Nelson but he survives. Nelson with a good legkick. Nice legkick by Werdum. Nice combo by Werdum. Nelson is bleeding badly. Nice knee to the body by Werdum. Another good legkick by Werdum. Another legkick to Nelson’s thigh. Headkick by Werdum. Nelson is staggering like a bar room brawler in a 45 minute fight now and is loading up like one too. Front kick by Werdum. Body shot by Werdum. Nice legkick by Werdum as Nelson advances. Overhand right from Werdum barely misses. Nice leg kick by Werdum. Nelson catches Werdum but Werdum evades. Werdum with another legkick. Fighter’s end clinched and Nelson lands an overhand right that lands just as the bell ends. Closer round as Werdum appeared to put it on cruise control. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Werdum (20-18).
Round 3 -Nelson struggled a bit off his stool. Fighters touch gloves again. Another leg kick by Werdum. Takedown attempt by Werdum but Nelson goes for a standing guillotine. Nelson is put a lot of energy into it but the Abu Dhabi champ defended it well. Fighters break and Nelson moves the fight against the cage. Thai clinch by Werdum and Nelson eats a wicked left. Another left and knee crush Nelson again. Nice jab by Werdum. Nelson looks like he’s been beaten with a 2×4. Front kick to the face by Werdum. Two minutes left. Legkick by Werdum. Werdum is using good movement as Nelson is just looking for the KO. Nice knee by Werdum. Nelson is struggling with a minute left now, he’s taken a beating. Headkick by Werdum. Nice combo by Werdum with :40 left. Body shot by Werdum. Slow spinning kick by Nelson. Front kick by Werdum as the round ends. Nelson kept coming but he took a serious beating and his body shows it. MMAFrenzy scores the round and the fight for Werdum 10-9 (30-27).
Fabricio Werdum def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
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