UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum returned to the octagon with a bang at last month’s UFC on Fuel TV 10, submitting legendary champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with a second round armbar. And since he spent most of the prior year coaching on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, he’s anxious to keep the momentum by returning to the cage against the world’s best.
Apparently he already has someone in mind, and that man is Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix Winner Daniel Cormier. Cormier made his rather unimpressive UFC debut at UFC on Fox 7 against Frank Mir. While he won a slow unanimous decision, many thought it was the octagon jitters taking effect. Dana White spoke up during his UFC 162 media scrum to explain Werdum’s request:
“Werdum was in my office two days ago. That’s who he wants to fight…so we’ll see what happens.”
That could definitely be quite the enticing bout, potentially setting up a future title bout against the winner of October’s Cain Velasquez /JDS III fight at UFC 166. If there were any knock on the overall skill set of Daniel Cormier, it would be that he is inexperienced in the submission arena. Werdum is of course a world-class BJJ practitioner. Still, Cormier told MMA Junkie Radio that he is ready to take the fight:
“Why not? Well, he asked to fight me. Someone said Dana discussed it in his scrum this week. I just need a date and know when I’m fighting.”
However, Cormier has been linked to a possible move to light heavyweight for a date with champion Jon Jones. He noted that he has dropped down to around 220 lbs., and a move to 205 may be the only way for DC to become champion without having to fight his good friend and training partner Cain Velasquez. On the Jones fight, DC said:
“It’s not about him (Jones); it’s about me trying to be the champion and without fighting Cain Velasquez. But if the champion is still Jon – and I don’t see anyone actually beating him – then why not test yourself against the best in the world?”
Quite the confidence from the surging Cormier. I think a bout featuring he and Werdum would be a great co-main event for an upcoming cards, perhaps even UFC 166 to set up the next blockbuster heavyweight championship bout. Who is your early pick?
Check out White’s full UFC 162 media scrum below: