Werdum open to rematch with Fedor but does not see Emelianenko coming to the UFC

UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum appeared on the MMA Hour and spoke with Ariel Helwani on a potential rematch with heavyweight great, Fedor Emelianenko. Werdum said that he does not see the Russian fighting in the UFC any time soon, probably tied with a two or three year contract with Rizin.

“He deserved a fight in the UFC, for sure, but I think maybe in Japan… Hey man, (they) love him in Japan,” Werdum said. “The big show coming up now in December in Japan, I think it’s a huge show. For sure, I (said) before in one interview (that) I like Fedor in the UFC, rematch with me, for sure, 100 percent. Maybe one fight in the UFC, the second one fight with me. I have a lot of respect for Fedor.”

Werdum holds a 2010 Strikeforce win over Emelianenko in a time where “The Last Emporer” was thought to be unbeatable. Now that Emelianenko is coming back to competition after time off, Werdum expects a strong comeback.

“Maybe the guys forgot Fedor very fast,” Werdum said. “Fedor stopped fighting because he needed this rest too. I needed rest to but maybe two months I’m good again, but Fedor has a lot of pressure with him. He lost (to) me in 2010, a lot of pressure. And then he lost again, he lost again, is no good. He needed rest. He rested like two or three years, I think he (will) come back very strong now. I say for the fans to respect Fedor because he’s a legend of the sport.”

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