Fabricio Werdum responds to Luke Rockhold’s callout

Fabricio Werdum

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum recently found himself called out by former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold this week. Rockhold explained on a recent podcast appearance that he and ‘Vai Calvao’ had unfinished beef from the Strikeforce days, and as a result, he would be willing to move up to heavyweight to settle that beef.

He explained the situation on UFC Tonight, saying:

Luke Rockhold

“Everyone’s steaming over this new fight I brought up,” Rockhold said Wednesday night on UFC Tonight. “I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup.

“Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

This was then followed up by a statement from Werdum, in which he shut down Rockhold’s callout, explaining that he has no reason to fight Rockhold. He spoke to MMAFighting:

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMA Fighting after Rockhold’s comments. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

Fabricio Werdum

Werdum of course, as he pointed out, is one step away from a heavyweight title fight. The heavyweight #1 contender has a heavyweight title shot just out of reach. While a UFC 211 bout with Ben Rothwell could very well have determined the #1 contender spot, Rothwell was yanked from the fight due to a USADA violation stemming from an out of competition drug test. With no opponent set to fill in for Rothwell, Werdum has been pulled from the card and left without a fight. He very well could find himself fighting the winner of Miocic vs. Dos Santos II.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/23/2017.