Werdum Wants Title Shot Rematch
Fabricio Werdum was poised to cement himself as the top heavyweight contender at UFC 207, that opportunity was taken from him. With his Cain Velasquez rematch scrapped, Werdum now wants another shot at the man that took his belt: current champion Stipe Miocic.
Werdum beat Velasquez for the undisputed belt in June of 2015. They were scheduled to fight again in February, but that matchup was scrapped as both men were injured. Werdum would instead fight Miocic at UFC 198 in Brazil. In front of a sell-out home crowd, Werdum was knocked out in the first round by Miocic.
The former champion rebounded by beating Travis Browne at UFC 203, and was then set to face Velasquez to decide who would get the next crack at Miocic.
Werdum told MMAFighting that with Velasquez pulled from the event, he believes he should automatically get the title shot.
“That would be fair,” Werdum said. “Cain Velasquez didn’t show up for the title eliminator bout, and he won’t be able to fight in a while, so I’d rather wait and fight for the belt next. I’m the No. 1 contender, that’s the logical choice. Cain Velasquez won’t fight for a long time, so it’s fair to make me against Stipe Miocic in 2017.”
Werdum was criticized for his gameplan in the first fight with Miocic; he rushed forward recklessly into the punch that ended his night. He says he has learned from that fight, and explained what he would do differently if he were to be given another chance.
”Being more patient, I’m sure I’ll submit him. I learned a lot with that lesson. I have what it takes to beat him. I didn’t have enough time to show that in the first fight because I was too anxious, but I’ll beat him next time."