After a dominant performance against Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Sydney last night (Sat. November 18, 2017), former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum wants a shot at the gold once again.
Werdum once reigned as champion of the UFC's baddest division after he forced heavyweight great Cain Velasquez to submit in Mexico. In his first defense as champion, however, things didn't go as "Vai Cavalo" would have liked. In his own backyard of Brazil he was knocked out in just two minutes by Stipe Miocic after coming in far too aggressive.
After winning three of his next four fights, Werdum now believes that he has a claim to the No. 1-contender's spot for the heavyweight throne. There's just one problem - rising UFC star Francis Ngannou and veteran striker Alistair Overeem are set to do battle early next month, and many believe if Ngannou wins he will receive the title opportunity.
At the UFC Fight Night 121 post-fight press conference last night, Werdum made his case for why he deserves a shot at the title, and why the young Frenchman in Ngannou isn't ready (quotes via MMA Mania):
“I feel for sure I deserve it. It’s not just now for this fight and my last fight. I’ve beat a lot of guys like Fedor Emelianenko, Cain Velasquez, Minotauro,” Werdum said during the post-fight presser courtesy of Submission Radio.
“I have a big history. For 20 years I’ve been fighting. Not just now. I told you before have two belts in my home. I don’t liek to say but it’s true.
"Only one fighter in the world is a jiu-jitsu champion, a submission champion and a UFC champion. It’s me.
"I don’t like when I say that, but I know this is true for sure. Give me the opportunity I just want to show again. One more belt on my wall at home, I will stop after that. No, I’m joking.
"I want to fight more. Long time ago I’ve been waiting one year for a fight. Why am I waiting like six months, seven months? I want to fight more.
"I want to fight maybe five times a year. This fight Overeem vs. Francis, I don’t think Francis deserves it yet because he just started now.
"Overeem has a big history, but I think I deserve the title shot. I just want the opportunity.”
What are your thoughts on Werdum saying he wants a shot at the heavyweight title next? Do you think the promotion will award the Brazilian with a chance at redemption against Miocic? Or will they instead go the route of the winner of Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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