Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1) recently dethroned former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez via 3rd round submission at UFC 188 to become the new champ. Instead of fighting right away, he’s decided it would be better to have number 1 contender’s tournament for a shot at his gold.
“I said a rematch [against Cain Velasquez],” said Werdum to Layzie The Savage for BJPENN.COM. “But I think the best way is to have four guys for the title shot – Dos Santos, Miocic, Cain Velasquez, and Arlovski.”
“These guys fight each other. Like, Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez, and dos Santos vs. Arlovski. Who is the best one and fights a good fight, the best performance fights with me, and that’s it.”
Werdum wants the tournament to take place so he can take some much deserved time off to heal wounds and enjoy family.
“I need [time off)],” said Werdum.
“This wasn’t like a one camp for three months. This was a camp for a long time. I trained seven years for this moment. I just want to recover my body and my mind. I want to enjoy my family. I just want a little time to enjoy my belt, but I’ll fight anyone no problem.”
While it will be awhile for the UFC Heavyweight Title to be defended, UFC Lightweight Superstar Joe Lauzon defended the allegations made against UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo:
“I thought it was completely unfair,” Lauzon told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think that was people complaining that don’t know what’s going on. People who have never really trained. My last hard sparring session was on Saturday.
“We spar hard. We have pretty much our hardest sparring sessions the last Saturday before. When Aldo was hurt that was the meat of his camp. That’s when you’re supposed to be sparring hard. You try to be as safe as possible. You try to have the best training partner you can, the safest training partners.”
“End of the day, you’re still throwing punches, kicks, you’re still shooting takedowns,” Lauzon said. “You could roll an ankle, you could break a hand. There’s all these different things that can happen. If you say, ‘Oh, he shouldn’t be doing that.’ If we didn’t do stuff we shouldn’t do, we would never train. Nothing we do in the gym a normal person should do on a normal basis. The criticism was not warranted. He was doing what he should do. He was training his butt off.”