Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) has defeated Roy “Big Country” Nelson (16-7) at UFC 143 in Las Vegas, NV. Werdum out-striked the former IFC champ by almost 70% more landed strikes that pulled that gave the Brazilian the judges nod. Here is the full fight play-by-play.

Round One:
Werdum grazes a knee to the face of Nelson. Nelson slips on a missed swing and Werdum takes the back. Nelson reverses and gets it standing. Werdum gets the thai clinch and lands some visious knees. Nelson breaks free and gets the clinch against the fence. Nelson is now clearly bleeding heavily from the knees. Ref. Rosenthal stops the action to have the doc. check the nose. look at it. It’s good. They restart and Big Country drops Werdum with a big right down the pipe. Big Country tries to follow up and gets pulled into Werdums guard and almost finished with an armbar. Nelson slips his head out and gets it standing.

Round Two:
Werdum starts with low leg kick. A knee stumbles Nelson. Werdum comes forward with a clinch and lands a knee before Roy escapes. Werdum continues the low leg kicks unchecked. Werdum lands a head kick, Nelson lands an over-hand right. Werdum lands a body shot. Werdum come forward with a combo landing but is caught by Nelson’s stiff left and strong right wobbling him back. Werdum survives the round.

Round Three:
Nelson comes forward with the jab and Werdum shoots. Nelson stuffs with a guillotine attempt that Werdum escapes. Werdum uses the old point to set attention off then jabbing. Straight front kick to the face lands for Werdum. Nelson continues to come forward. Low leg kicks continue to land unchecked for Werdum. Switch kick thrown by Werdum. Spinning back kick thrown by Nelson misses. Round ends and the two hug.

Fabricio Werdum defeats Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27. 30-27)

Werdum has completed a successful return to the UFC with his victory over TUF season 10 winner,  Roy Nelson. The Brazilian black belt is best known for his first round submission over former pound-for-pound best Fedor Emelianenko in 2010. Since then Werdum had lost to then Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem via unanimous decision .