Fabricio Werdum Accepts Jon Jones’ Super Fight Challenge

Fabricio Werdum Accepts Jon Jones’ Super Fight Challenge


UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has long been rumored for a super fight with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but with their careers headed in different directions, talk of the dream bout has cooled off considerably in recent months.

The two met up at the UFC’s headquarters Las Vegas earlier this week to do some light sparring, but Jones said he has some other super fights on his mind. “Bones” spoke up at Monday’s “The Time Is Now” press conference to state his belief that he could beat newly crowned UFC interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum:

“There are definitely a lot of heavyweights that I know I would beat. A lot of heavyweights that could give me a hell of a run or possibly beat me. I keep it real. I’m smaller than these guys. A guy like Werdum, I would fight him every day, all day. Why? Because he’s not the biggest guy. But the heavyweights I believe would give me the hardest time are the big ones. Not necessarily the better skilled ones — just the bigger ones. You shoot in and they sprawl out on you, that’s going to take a lot of energy to finish that shot, you know what I mean?”

Apparently Werdum got wind of Jones’ statement, and he quickly accepted the champ’s challenge in an interview with Globo (translated by Bloody Elbow):

“I don’t know why didn’t he said that before I become a champion. He said it now but I would fight him for sure without any problem. He has to go up or make it a catchweight bout. But my biggest goal is to fight Cain Velasquez [undisputed champion] to unify the belts. Dana White even spoke to the media it is going to happen in June. It has even a schedule and he would like this fight to happen in Mexico, so no way we will do it.”

Werdum has a good point, as he is focused on his previously scheduled match-up with undisputed champ Cain Velasquez, which is tentatively slated for a June card in Mexico City. It’s a huge bout that Werdum can simply not pass up, making a fight with Jones very unlikely at this point.

Ever the joker, Werdum made light of Jones’ words, noting that if he wants to fight him everyday, he can make a trip to King’s MMA to train with Rafael Cordeiro and his team:

“He (Jones) said it just to say, I don’t know why he did it, but he also stated he would fight me every day, so he means that he wants to train with me. To fight everyday he has to train, right? The academy is over at Kings MMA, where we train hard everyday. If he wants to pay us a visit or train with us and is ashamed of saying it, that’s fine. Welcome, when he wants, we are in Huntington Beach, at Kings MMA. He can train with us everyday (laughs).”

Werdum may be willing to fight Jones, but he has his eyes on the biggest prize in UFC. Until his rivalry with Velasquez is settled, Jones will have to wait to face “Vai Cavalo.”

That’s just fine, because “Bones” still has to defeat Daniel Cormier in the main event of January 3’s UFC 183, and if he does, his long-awaited rematch with Alexander Gustafsson will loom.

But if he gets past both of those challenges, would he be able to beat a smaller heavyweight like Werdum, or would the change in class finally put Jones at a disadvantage?

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    I can’t wait to see Bones dog walk that nasally nerd sounding, Ed Hardy skinny tight jeans wearing, size 7 Scetcher shoe throwing cat, SO he can expose that once every other year fighting, always injured Mr. PC Metro & Lugz buckle boot sporting Chump Champ Cain.

  • jcren

    Nothing to see here…just more Jones Douchbaggery. At this point it should be expected.

    Jones will NOT beat Werdum…his reach will not be as dominant…but now he is dealing with real power. I dont think Jones wants to go to the ground either. If Hunt couldn’t KO Werdum Bones certainly will not…so that means a long fight.

    Werdum has great endurance of a HWY…so I see him eventually landing some big shots…then maybe jones gets beat up on the cage…if it goes to the ground it will be a wrap…I predict either 3rd KO or 4th round submission

    • SpaceJam

      So all Jon has is his reach?? Jon has Elite Nasty striking, with techniques from every angle and situation. He also has KO power, he has rocked a lot of fighters, but usually works for submissions instead. He certainly has better wrestling then Werdum. Also Jon’s BJJ is Legit, it would be dangerous to go to the ground with Werdum, but if Hunt can survive like he did, I’m sure Jon can.

      Jon has the skills to Murder Werdum, if you cannot see that you are ignorant as fuck… Cain on the other hand is a whole different beast and I do think Jon would struggle against him, I still think Jon has the potential to beat Cain but he has to be on his A Game.

      People like you literally make me laugh out loud. You do realize Werdum has a 77inch reach and Jon has a 84.5inch reach???? Jon’s has the biggest reach in the ENTIRE UFC, Stipe Miocic and a few others have around 80 inch reaches.

      • murderous1

        HaHa elite nasty striking elite no nasty yes eye pokes out of girly fear and cheating coward knee kicks pitty pat hands is not going to Heavyweight

        • SpaceJam

          Those knee kicks are the exact same thing as a knee bar, moron. What the fuck do you really know about MMA?

          • movescamp

            Space those kicks are nothing like a knee bar.
            You obviously have no chance to tap if you get kicked in ths knee and there is no set up to warn you they are coming.
            That said they are legal so whats the deal?

      • movescamp

        Jon has elite striking and pretty good wrestling and submissions. Rolling with werdun would be a different deal though. Jon cuts and gains back a lot of weight. He wont be able to do the same without a solid year of muscle development to be a real heavy weight that cuts a lot of weight.

        I think people need to learn to get their personal feelings for fighters characters seperate from the fighters actual skill set. I hate jon jones personality but cant deny he is a prodigonous athlete and fighter. He is really something special.

        But, werdum is prob the most underated athlete in the ufc. He has made huge improvements over the past few years and is pretty slick and intelligent. Its a whole new world once jones gets to heavy and its not that he has no skills its that guys will be his size and be able to take more punishment from him before they get flustered while being able to carry their weight in striking and wrestling better too.

        I give werdum a pretty good chance mostly because i think jones underestimates him and he is big enough to hurt jones with 1 punch.

        Reach is sometimes overrated a d you need to realize its both arms spread out like a cross some is chest wideness some is arm length. But you dont punch with both arms stretched out so it seems to me the measurement is a little mis leading. Its more of a general sense of arm length and reach. In striking though it should be considerd more from shoulder down to hand or center of chest to one arm. If the chest is the reason for the big reach it could be a larger target actually.

        • movescamp

          Ps mike tyson had a 72″ reach and was a heavy weight. Oy didnt seem to affect his domimance.

      • SpaceJam

        @Movescamp. You obviously know NOTHING about BJJ. You do not lock onto a submission only for a tap. You lock onto a submission to cause damage, that is the primary goal. DAMAGE. That’s not to say when someone taps you do not let go, but you are clearly missing the point. You lock onto a submission to cause damage THEN when your opponent taps you let go. That knee kick is the Exact same thing as a knee bar, explain how it isn’t?? Every single technique in BJJ was INVENTED to cause damage. Tapping out is Mercy, it gives you a chance. Some people lock armbars on so quick they can snap your shit instantly.

        • SpaceJam

          This was to the Knee kick technique, the rest you said about Jon is 100% correct, finally someone on this site with some sense!! Couldn’t of said it better myself!

          • movescamp

            Space it seems like every site has really naive comentary. People hate on rousey too, not being able to watch her technique and SEE how incredible a lot of it is regardless of her gender.

            Same with boring machida etc. It makes me mad but my response is now take a class and compete and see how good you are at it.

        • movescamp

          Space dont be rude now, i have a black belt in judo, a purple in bjj under relson gracie, and have competed in sport sambo for 5 years. I am also a judo and wrestling coach.

          If you dont know a sub is coming you may know less about bjj than you think. The only sub i have ever feared and been hurt from is a reaped knee heal hook.

          Judo has 10x the explosiveness in arm bars because of ths rules and how fast they stand you up and i have never once been caught by surprise.

          • SpaceJam

            Are submission applied to cause damage?? If you break down what a knee bar actually is, its a hyper extension of the knee. When Jon Jones uses the downward kick to the knee, it Hyper Extends his opponents knee. Its not illegal and it has the EXACT same lasting effect as a knee bar. I have been kicked in the knee like that several times and I have been knee barred a 1000 times. I’m not saying I am completely oblivious to submission in training, its just I train with high level guys and girls that are explosive and fast as Hell!!

          • movescamp

            Space the only knee bar i know of too fast to defend is from half top hidden with ankles crossed arch back use legs hips. The kick is legal end of story. But if you are driving forward at the same time that is a broken knee not just hyper. I train with high level guys too and competed in a judo us open a few years ago before i tore my bicep tendon and labrum trying a harai goshi on a fireplug with a belt grip.

            In terms of jones though those kicks are legal so why wouldnt you use them?

            Just saying the knee bar usually has transitions you can follow and its your choice to be a hero or not.

  • johndo11

    Jon is just looking to branch out as he only has 1 or 2 more fights as LHW champ and he knows it.

    If DC don’t wreck him Gus or Rumble will.

    You could see Gus had him figured out and the fight went on a razor sharp decision. Most people feel Gus won.

    The problem is if he goes to heavyweight Cain will end him. Imagine those sparrow legs trying to stop cains takedowns.

    • SpaceJam

      Or he’s lookng to branch out because DC, Gus and Rumble are the only guys left until he’s cleaned out the division.

    • movescamp

      Gus didnt figure him out he just hurt him and jones wasnt used to that but made it through and adjusted. Now he has that adversity in his tool bag and knows he can last through damage.
      His sparrow legs can be used just fine with good technique and speed. Its really just sprawling before he can wrap you up. But it can be a problem without that.