UFC 161: Roy Nelson could earn Fabricio Werdum rematch with Winnipeg win over Stipe Miocic

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

If Roy Nelson defeats Stipe Miocic this weekend (June 15, 2013) at UFC 161, he could find himself fighting Fabricio Werdum for the second time, according to UFC President Dana White.

It seems Fabricio Werdum is still at least one more win away from competing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title.

And it will likely be against a familiar foe.

UFC President Dana White revealed during this week's media scrum (video here) that if Roy Nelson defeats Stipe Miocic at this weekend's (June 15, 2013) UFC 161 co-main event fight from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, they are looking to pit "Big Country" against "Vai Cavalo."


The two hard-hitting heavyweights collided last year at UFC 143, with Werdum getting the clean sweep on the judges' scorecards after he thumped a very durable Nelson for a 15 full minutes.

The win for Fabricio marked the beginning of his current three-fight win streak which includes his latest submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last weekend (June 8) at UFC on FUEL TV 10.

And while the former Strikeforce big man is more than willing to wait for the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3 -- which goes down this October in Houston, Texas -- "Vai Cavalo" has to lock up one more victory to preserve his much-desired title shot.

White didn't clarify if the Nelson vs. Werdum rematch would serve as a No. 1 contender's fight, but seeing as how both men are currently on the longest winning streaks in the division (three wins apiece), it certainly makes sense.

With those wheels in motion, it could also mean that "Big Country" and UFC might have an easier time coming to terms on a new contract extension, considering White may already have a potential long-term plan in mind (despite Roy's "Uncle Tom" comment).

However, all this talk about rematches will be for naught if Miocic manages to pull off the upset over Nelson in Canada. And given his past track record, he is more than capable of doing so.

How about it Maniacs, does the possibility of Nelson vs. Werdum 2 tickle your fancy?

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