Found February 05, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Fabricio Werdum has had a bit of a mercurial career as a fighter. The elite grappler of the heavyweight division, Werdum has been fairly one-dimensional. On his feet, he's traditionally been average at best as a striker. His strength is his ground game; when the fight goes to the mat, Werdum excels and is perhaps the best grappler in the sport alongside Roger Gracie and Demian Maia. Werdum's striking has improved, slowly but surely, and against a hard-chinned Roy Nelson at UFC 143, he showed something he hasn't shown in MMA: a complete and well-rounded game. Nelson showed impressive defense early on when he staved off Werdum's attempt at a rear naked choke. The few times Werdum got the fight to the ground he was frustrated by Nelson. But when the fight stayed upright, Werdum showed remarkable standup prowess in cruising to a 30-27 decision. Using a Muay Thai plum clinch to land a number of strong knee strikes, and using good head movement to set up some strong le...
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