Fabricio Werdum has faced some big tests throughout his career as a mixed martial artist.
The multiple time jiu-jitsu champion has faced off against elite heavyweights for the majority of his twelve year career. On April 19 the 36-year old knows he’s in for another huge challenge as he is set to take on knockout specialist; Travis Browne.
In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com Werdum spoke about his upcoming fight with Browne on at UFC on Fox 11. The Brazilian knows just how important this fight is and is going in to kill or be killed:
“I know how important this fight is for my next goal,” Werdum said. “My next goal is the belt. I want to fight Cain Velasquez, so it’s very important for me, this fight. I’m just going in there, and he kills me or I kill him. That’s it.”
“Hapa” has looked the man to beat recently in the division. His last three fights all ended with first round K.O’s, spectacularly finishing Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Oveerem and Josh Barnett respectively. All three stoppages picked up “Knockout of the Night” honours but it was his wins over Gonzaga and Barnett which had fellow heavyweights looking; Browne finished both with brutal elbows when they tried to get him down to the mat.
Werdum gives Browne’s former opponents some credit but he says he will be in no rush to get his opponent down.
“Barnett has good experience, a veteran of the sport, but it’s like he [went] crazy,” Werdum said. “He tried to take down Travis Browne right away in the first round, in the first two minutes. Why?
For my fight, I have five rounds. I have 25 minutes to get takedowns. Why would I go crazy right away? I don’t know why guys do that, but me? I don’t know, maybe I’ll have a big surprise for him. I know he has good elbows. He has two elbows. But I have two elbows, too.”
“Vai Cavalo” was originally next in line for Velasquez after submitting Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira in June. But, when the champ became injured Werdum decided to take another fight instead of sitting on the sidelines. Now his mind is totally set on fighting Browne later this month;
“I don’t want to talk too much about it,” Werdum said. “I just want to show it in the cage. On April 19, I have the chance to show the UFC fans, again, why I’m there.”
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