Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is reportedly making an October return to the Octagon at UFC 216.
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani tweeted on Thursday that the UFC was targeting Werdum, the current #2 UFC ranked heavyweight, to take on #7 ranked heavyweight Derrick Lewis on October 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fabricio Werdum holds a 21-7-1 professional mixed martial arts record and last fought Alistair Overeem in July at UFC 213 where he lost a majority decision, going 1-2 in his last three bouts. In September of last year at UFC 203, “Vai Cavalo” picked up a unanimous decision win over Travis Browne. Werdum lost the UFC heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic in his prior bout at UFC 198 in May, losing by KO.
Derrick Lewis holds an 18-5-1 professional mixed martial arts record and last fought Mark Hunt in June where he lost by TKO in the fourth round and shortly pondered the idea of retiring. Prior to his bout with Hunt, “The Black Beast” was a roll in the UFC heavyweight division riding a six-fight winning streak with his previous loss being back in 2015 against Shawn Jordan. In his six-fight winning streak, Lewis picked up notable wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, and Travis Browne.
Who do you see winning this bout if the two heavyweights meet in the Octagon on October 7 at UFC 216? Let’s get your picks and predictions and let it be known in the comment section how and when the fight ends!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/17/2017.