Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was recently left without an opponent when former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was forced out of their scheduled UFC 207 scrap just days before the event after the NSAC deemed Velasquez medically unfit to fight.
While Junior dos Santos initially opened up as a frontrunner for a late replacement opponent for Werdum, UFC President Dana White then revealed that Werdum turned down the fight with Dos Santos, and requested $800,000 for the fight, plus a cut of PPV sales.
“Werdum has turned down two fights,” White said. “JDS. Yes. Werdum turned that fight down.
“Then we offered him a fight with I think Alistair Overeem in Brooklyn [UFC 208], and he turned that down too.”
“There’s different ways to turn fights down,” White continued. “I’d call him and say ‘hey, do you want this fight?’, ‘no, I don’t want this fight’, or you can say ‘yeah, for 800 thousand dollars and a piece of pay-per-view.’ That’s turning down the fight.”
Werdum then took to social media to fire back, revealing that he only asked for $500,000, and that the incident was a misunderstanding.
No dia 24/12/16 falei com #danawhite(#cudecachorro) por msg: Google translator: Eu acho que foi um entendimento faltando sobre isso. Eu não sabia que eram pessoas dispostas a lutar comigo e eu não recusá-lo em tudo. Mais uma vez eu não sabia sobre isso. Por favor, deixe-me saber se você teria um tempo para falar sobre isso, porque eu estou pronto para lutar contra qualquer um. Você seria capaz de me pagar 500k flat mais PPV? Eu vou lutar contra qualquer um porque eu quero provar a você que eu sou parte da família UFC. Por favor, deixe-me saber o que você pensa sobre isso?
Since Velasquez was forced out of the bout, Werdum has requested that he receive the next heavyweight title shot against Stipe Miocic given that his fight with Velasquez was set to be a #1 contender fight.