Fabricio Werdum Willing To Wait For Champ Cain Velasquez’s Recovery

December 13, 2013 8:01 am by Derek Langhorn

Although UFC President Dana White has planned otherwise, Fabricio Werdum has the intention to wait until UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez recovers from his shoulder surgery before he  fights.

According to Werdum, it is up to him whether or not he fights in the interim before Velasquez recovers.

“They told me it’s my decision,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com. “I had a meeting with Dana White and my team, the UFC said it’s up to me, if I want to wait or fight again. I’m still thinking about it, but I believe I’m going to wait for this opportunity to fight for the title. I’m the next in line. But it’s not 100 percent yet.”

White declares otherwise, and hopes Werdum will take a fight against the winner of the UFC 168 match between Josh Barnett and Travis Browne.

“I believe [Velasquez] will return soon, probably around July or August. It’s normal to recover quickly today, so that’s what I hope. I’ll even send my physical therapist to help him get better. I’ll pay for his recovery,” Werdum said.

“I’ll make my final decision next week. It’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, something that I’ve been waiting for a long time,” Werdum added. “My biggest dream is to fight for the UFC title. I accomplished all my other dreams, becoming a world champion in jiu-jitsu and ADCC, and I still want the world title in MMA.”


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