Roy Nelson went 15 minutes with Fabricio Werdum Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit. Unfortunately, much like his battle with current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, “Big Country” was on the receiving end of a loss. Werdum claimed a decision victory, dropping Nelson to 1-3 in his last four UFC bouts.
With such a mark, even against high-level fighters, UFC president Dana White made it known that Nelson’s future in the UFC is unknown as the present time. His last three losses have come at the hands of dos Santos, Frank Mir and now Werdum.
“I don’t know,” said White, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “We’ll see what happens. I mean the guy brings it. He comes to fight. I just – you wonder what he could do if he really, really trained and got into it.”
Nelson came in well under the heavyweight limit for the first time in a long time, looking more fit than ever. However, Werdum executed a quick-strike offense that bloodied Nelson up and controlled much of the fight.
“He’s tough. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever seen,” White added. “He rocked Werdum once with a couple of shots. If he was in good enough shape to keep that kind of pace, he would win more fights.”