Heavyweight fighter Fabricio Werdum is officially back in the UFC and he’s now set to take on Roy Nelson at UFC 143 in February.
This will mark Werdum’s second stint in the UFC, after previously having fought for the promotion between 2007-2008, compiling a 2-2 record.
After that Werdum moved on to Strikeforce where he would go on to produce a three fight winning streak that included an historic submission win over Fedor Emelianenko, making him the first man to defeat the Russian legend in 10 years.
Things haven’t worked out so well for the Brazilian since though.
Shortly after the victory he had to undergo shoulder surgery which kept him out for a full year, and when he returned for the Strikeforce heavyweight GP quarter-finals he produced one of the worst high-profile performances of the year against Alistair Overeem en-route to a unanimous decision loss.
Nevertheless, Werdum has now managed to sneak his way into the UFC and may be the last fighter to do so for the time being with Dana White claiming that Strikeforce will live on after all and willl be keeping it’s marquee stars.
The UFC aren’t giving him an easy ‘welcome back’ fight though. Nelson is also talented on the ground, but has a big power advantage in the stand-up department and a cast-iron jaw so Werdum has his work cut out for him if he wants to make a successful return to the promotion.