Newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is probably still partying after his landmark win at UFC 188. ‘Vai Cavalo’ upset the oddsmakers and defeated Cain Velasquez with a third round submission. ‘CV’ was lost after the first round, gassing badly and getting choked until he tapped by the heavy underdog. Not how Velasquez wanted to perform in his home nation of Mexico, but it could’ve been worse.
True to his word, Fabricio Werdum grants Cain Velasquez an immediate rematch just moments after his slick win over the formerly dominant boss. Check out what he tells UFC On FOX about letting the ex-champ have another crack at the belt:
‘I believe in myself, I knew he would go for a double leg and I had my strategy, I planned for that. He just came in to train in altitude for 2 weeks before, and it wasn’t enough. I was just waiting for the finish when I saw he was tired. Yes (I am the greatest heavyweight of all time here), I need to rematch Cain Velasquez now, yes for sure.’
Fair play to the Brazilian heavyweight champion for staying true to his word, especially after battering and submitting Velasquez in such convincing fashion. Will the second fight be any different though? Indeed the lack of altitude training played in to the end result, but what about the cage rust and time out of the gym also?
If Velasquez stays healthy and motivated, what’s to say he can’t come back and steal the belt from Werdum in his first defense?