I bet on Nelson hoping he can use his ground game to survive Fabricio's then use his superior striking. Ah, as long as he doesn't attempt that kick in the pic. And PGI, the first odds that came out with them even I used cause it was about damn time. When they change toward one guy or the other I'll update and you're probably gonna be right.
Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal oversees the co-main event. Neslon gets a very warm welcome from the crowd. Werdum opens with low kicks as Nelson stalks. He just misses a knee and continues to kick. Nelson slips and staggers to the ground, and Werdum immediately takes the back. Nelson controls an arm and gets to his feet. Werdum holds a clinch against the cage and starts driving in knees. Nelson circles off and presses in, and there's blood trickling from his face. More big knees from Werdum. Nelson absorbing them, but they must be taking a toll. Nelson works to the outside and is pressing in. Not much happening, and we get a break from Rosenthal. When Nelson pulls away, you can see the blood all over Nelson's face. Doctors check it out but say carry on. Low kicks from Werdum to open. Nelson is walking him down, and he catches a kick and drops Werdum. Werdum looks happy to invite him on top as Nelson goes to the floor and avoids a submission. He stands, and Werdum tries to attack the legs. Crowd chants "U-S-A" in support of Nelson. He backs away and lets Werdum up. Closing seconds, and Werdum lands a knee and misses a spinning heel kick. Entertaining opening round, and MMAjunkie.com gives to Werdum, 10-9.
Round 2 - Leg kick again for Werdum. Another knee topples Nelson. He pops right back up and stalks again. Low kick from Nelson. Werdum presses forward but is caught with a left. Werdum goes on the attack but doesn't land anything clean. Werdum with more knees, and Nelson's face is a bloody mess, and he's breathing deep. Still, he's moving forward. Werdum chopping away with the low kicks. Nelson landing the occasional punch, but Werdum is responding well. Halfway mark. Nelson still looking to land a big right, but Werdum is still working low kicks and knees as he moves away and picks his spots. Nelson showing heart and courage, but he's not doing much to turn the tide of the fight. Werdum kicks the body. Nelson wobbles Werdum but can't catch him to follow up. Werdum throws a shaky punch, but he lands a front kick shortly after. Round ends, and Werdum takes it, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com card. He looks tired, but Nelson may be too tired to capitalize.
Round 3 - Jabs traded to open. Nelson still doing his thing, but he'll beed a finish. Werdum shoots into a standing guillotine, but Nelson can't get the angle. He lets go, and Werdum again attacks with knees and kicks. Nelson presses in from the outside as they clinch against the cage. Werdum transitions to a clinch and knees. Nelson is on fumes. Werdum is still lighting him up. Kicks coming now to the head and body. Nelson loading up on his right hand, but he can't land it. High kick from Werdum glances over the top. Less than two minutes. Werdum is putting on a clinching clinic. Nelson wants the big right, but Werdum slips it every time. Werdum fires straight punches, and Nelson somehow remains upright. Zombie Nelson walking forward, but Werdum uses his jab to keep him away. Fight ends, and the two embrace. Can't say enough about Nelson's durability, but that was all Werdum. MMAjunkie.com gives him the final round, 10-9, giving him the fight 30-27. Fabricio Werdum def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).