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Friday, 06/14/2013, 10:37 am

Roy Nelson Could Gain Werdum Rematch with UFC 161 Win Over Miocic

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| In lieu of last weekend’s dominant performance put in by Fabricio Werdum it seemed that the talented heavyweight would be next in line for the UFC HW strap. But those don’t seem to be the plans that the organization has in mind.

At this week’s UFC 161 media scrum Dana White revealed that if “Big Country” Roy Nelson can defeat Stipe Miocic in their co-main event scrap tomorrow night (June 15th) then the company wants to give Nelson a rematch against Werdum. Both men are currently riding the longest winning-streaks in the division (3) and if Nelson can do what he does best against Miocic tomorrow night and extend his streak to 4 consecutive wins Nelson will find himself, more than likely, battling Werdum in a rematch from a year ago.

In that fight Werdum got the best of Nelson through all three rounds and scored a unanimous decision victory.

But lots of things change in the span of a year. It does seem like the two just fought yesterday but since then Nelson has rattled off three straight wins and has once again made himself a threat to the heavyweight crown. Werdum and Nelson are not battling for elbow space at the front of the heavyweight contention line and the only way to settle that seems to be to have them go to war once again.

That is, if Nelson can get past Miocic on Saturday night AND the UFC can re-sign Nelson, who’s contract expires with this UFC 161 bout. 

Nelson, despite having his problems with the UFC  and even after calling Daniel Cormier an “Uncle Tom” at this week’s media rush leading into UFC 161, is still one of the most dangerous and talented heavyweights in the UFC’s stables. His power is a threat to any man that steps into the cage with him and his grappling is no joke either.

Werdum, who thought he would get to wait for the next title shot following his submission of Noguiera last weekend, now looks as if he’ll have to get through Nelson twice before getting a crack at the belt.

Nothing has been made official as to whether this fight is actually going to happen (a lot depends on if Nelson perfors well against Miocic tomorrow night) and no word has been given on the levity of the fight (will it be a #1 contender bout?). However, White did state his interest in the bout to the media this week and whenever Dana shows interest in a fight we usually see that fight happen.

So what do you think fight fans? Is this a fair and just turn of events for  Nelson and Werdum or do you feel Werdum has proven his worth and should get the next title shot? Let’s hear what you all think.

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-Jake Chastain

@jcahstain45

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