For most of December, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum expected to close out 2016 by rematching a fellow former champ in Cain Velasquez. The two heavyweight greats were expected to throw down on the main card of UFC 207 on December 30.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, however, Velasquez was forced out of this anticipated heavyweight showdown with a back injury. Though there was a brief search for a replacement opponent, Werdum was ultimately left without a fight.
Unsurprisingly, this was a disappointing twist for Werdum. Not long after news of Velasquez’s withdrawal broke, however, the former champ began to call for a rematch with reigning champion Stipe Miocic, who he lost the belt to in May. In a recent interview with Sweden’s MMANytt.se, Werdum confirmed that a Miocic rematch is what he wants, and reaffirmed that he is content to leave his briefly-scheduled Velasquez rematch behind.
“It’s a tough sport and these things happen,” Werdum said to MMAnytt (via FloCombat). “Cain called me personally and apologized that he couldn’t fight and that he wanted to rearrange it. It is what it is and it was hard for the UFC to find another opponent at short notice. I was very disappointed.
“The fight with Cain is now done with, it’s been three times now it’s not happened due to injuries,” he continued. “It’s time to put the fight on with Miocic. I get nervous every time I see him working at that fire department, I get concerned every time I see or hear it.”
“It’s time to put it to rest and get the fight back with Miocic.”
Do you think Fabricio Werdum deserves a rematch with the heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, or does he have a bit more work to do before he earns that opportunity? Sound off in the comments section, PENN Nation!