Fabricio Werdum (15–5–1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) ended an absence of almost eight months from the cage to dominate Roy “Big Country” Nelson (16-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC 143 in Las Vegas on February 4.

The Brazilian was in control throughout and won a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) against Nelson in an entertaining tussle that won “Fight of the Night” honors.

“I felt Roy getting tired in round three, but I felt stronger than ever,” said the Brazilian after the fight.

Werdum, who came into the cage at a solid 249 lbs, had more in the tank than his opponent, and he has attributed this to the hard work he put in before the fight.

The 34-year-old supplemented his workouts during training camp with MHP’s new X-FIT Series products, and he believes they really made a difference to his preparation.

X-FIT TRAINER pre-workout helped me train hard no matter if I was lifting weights, grappling or doing cardio,” he says. “I always had lots of energy and focus. And X-FIT POWER kept me from getting sore after every workout.”

In the lead up to the fight, Werdum was able to triple his bench press max, drop 17 lbs of fat and gain 12lbs of muscle.

“I want to thank MHP for their support in helping me get into the best shape of my life,” he says. “And I’m going to keep getting better!”

Werdum has a busy schedule in the months ahead. He is home in Brazil shooting The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and hopes to have his next UFC fight in his homeland in June.