In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) said he’s willing to wait in order to get a crack at heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (13-1).
“I had a meeting with Dana White and my team, the UFC said it’s up to me, if I want to wait or fight again. I’m still thinking about it, but I believe I’m going to wait for this opportunity to fight for the title. I’m the next in line. But it’s not 100 percent yet.”
Due to a shoulder injury, Velasquez is expected to be sidelined well into next year. Werdum was given a choice by White to either wait to fight him, or possibly face the winner of Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne.
“I believe (Cain Velasquez) will return soon, probably around July or August,” he said. “It’s normal to recover quickly today, so that’s what I hope. I’ll even send my physical therapist to help him get better. I’ll pay for his recovery (laughs).
Werdum is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. His most recent win was against former Pride and UFC champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The two first fought back in 2006 under the Pride Banner where Nogueira soundly defeated him via unanimous decision. Their rematch eight years later proved how much the former champ had aged in fighting years since his days as a superstar in Japan. Werdum decisively beat his Brazilian counterpart by a second round finish via armbar which earned him his current spot as the the No. one contender.
“I’ll make my final decision next week,” he continued. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, something that I’ve been waiting for a long time. My biggest dream is to fight for the UFC title. I accomplished all my other dreams, becoming a world champion in jiu-jitsu and ADCC, and I still want the world title in MMA.”
SciFighting will follow this story closely and update our readers as soon as we hear of Werdum’s decision.