The war of words continues between Fabricio Werdum, Derrick Lewis, and Mark Hunt.
With Derrick Lewis coming out of retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) following his loss to Hunt earlier this year, he is being paired up against former UFC heavyweight Werdum at UFC 216.
This decision did not sit well with Hunt due to the fact that he was calling for a fight against Werdum. Hunt went to social media to voice his opinion about the fight and blast Werdum for being a “filthy coward dog.”
Well, now, Werdum has fired back at the hard-hitting heavyweight fighter. Werdum mocked the accusations of his rival Hunt during a recent interview with FloCombat. If you recall, Werdum has already beat Hunt before. He defeated Hunt via knockout in November 2014 to win the UFC's interim heavyweight belt.
It should be noted that Hunt is set to fight Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Fight Night 121 on Nov. 18. The event will air live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
As to why Werdum has no interest in the rematch, it all comes down to him not thinking it makes a lot of sense for him to take the fight right now due to the fact that he doesn’t want to travel to Australia.
"I saw what he said, but I don't want to hurt him again," Werdum said. "I have a fight booked now. I want to fight more, on October 7 and then again in December. Australia is very far away. I don't want to go there. Or [go there] three weeks before [the fight] to get used to it. People don't understand that it's a lot of money, at least $50,000, to stay there with the team. And I don't want to hurt Hunt. I hurt him the last time, and he's too cool to knock out again."
"If I could fight every three months, I would do that," Werdum said. "My idea is October and December and three more times in 2018. I want to fight. I don't want to be waiting. Hunt was never one to talk trash, but I think he wants to get that win back. I don't know, but I have to think about everything. Australia has other fees to pay. It's very far away. I'd have to adapt to the climate... I don't even know why Hunt spoke of it."
UFC 216 is set to take place on October 7th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The preliminary card will air on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, as well as FOX Sports 1. The main card will be broadcasted on PPV.News Now - Sport News