The last time fans saw Fabricio Werdum inside the ring it resulted in a lackluster, at times confusing, performance against Alistair Overeem in the semifinal round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix. During the bout Werdum repeatedly pulled guard rather than engage the hard-hitting Dutchman and never truly tried to force the issue through grappling.
When Werdum steps into the Octagon at UFC 143 against Roy Nelson he will attempt to erase memories of the match-up from the public’s conscience by turning in a far better showing. And, according to the 34-year old submission-specialist, he’s confident in his ability to do so based on some adjustments to his training schedule since then.
“Back then I was training too much and I suffered from overtraining,” Werdum revealed in a conversation with TATAME. “The fight was cancelled twice. I don’t give excuses when I lose, but it was different this time. I went through the line. Now I got in my mind I gotta speak less and do more. UFC and the fans want shows. I’ll get in the ring to knockout or be knocked out, there’s no other way. I’ll do my best in there.”
“After my last defeat I focused on weight lifting and conditioning trainings because I guess I lacked strength against Overeem,” he continued. “I’m training Jiu-Jitsu with the gi again, which is very important. Joao Assis is helping me a lot.”
Werdum also explained he understand putting away a tricky opponent like Nelson is easier said than done, stating, “There’s no easy fight anymore. Everybody knows a little bit of everything: Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai. It’s a different time we’re living in. Nelson knocked Mirko Filipovic out, he has a very strong right hand, sharp Boxing, but I’ll impose my rhythm and play by my game plan until I tire him out. Knocking out or submitting, I want to make it a good show.”
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