Though UFC 143 is worth watching for the main event tilt between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit alone, the fight card is replete with intriguing match ups that should also deliver on the entertainment, like the heavyweight co-main event between Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum.
Having snapped a two-fight losing streak by taking out Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 137 this past October, Nelson will be looking to build some momentum off of the returning Brazilian, but Big Country knows that he won’t have an easy time doing it.
“How do I compare with Fabricio? Fabricio dethroned Fedor, who was undefeated for ten years and then he actually out-struck the K-1 champion in Overeem in his last fight. So, I think I have my hands full and I think Saturday, it’s gonna be awesome,” Nelson predicted.
Werdum will be appearing in the UFC for the first time since he was knocked out by current champion Junior dos Santos back at UFC 90, having fought his last four bouts under the Strikeforce banner. Excited to be back under contract with the UFC, Werdum is looking to announce his presence in the promotion’s heavyweight division this weekend and rebound from a decision loss to Alistair Overeem in the process.
“It feels great; I’m very happy to back in the UFC, guys,” said Werdum. “I’ll show Saturday night that I’m a good fighter and I’ll just say thank you to Dana White for the opportunity.”
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit goes down tomorrow night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. FightLine will be back on the evening with our live, ongoing coverage of the event.