Fabricio Werdum continues to be in the news, but not only because of his recent, interim championship win at UFC 180, but because of recent comments Jon Jones recently made.
If you missed it, earlier in the week at the UFC’s big press conference, Jones was asked about the possibility of moving up to heavyweight for some “super fights”. After arguing he could defeat some heavyweights, while acknowledging others could give him some problems, the light-heavyweight champ relayed (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“A guy like Werdum, I would fight him every day, all day,” Jones said. “Why? Because he’s not the biggest guy. But the heavyweights I believe would give me the hardest time are the big ones. Not necessarily the better skilled ones — just the bigger ones. You shoot in and they sprawl out on you, that’s going to take a lot of energy to finish that shot, you know what I mean?”
Well, not surprisingly, the comments got back to Mr. Werdum, who evidently wouldn’t have an issue throwing hands with Jones. While speaking to the Brazilian outlet Globo.com about the comments, Werdum stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I don’t know why didn’t he said that before I become a champion,” Werdum said. “He said it now but I would fight him for sure without any problem. He has to go up or make it a catchweight bout. But my biggest goal is to fight Cain Velasquez [undisputed champion] to unify the belts. Dana White even spoke to the media it is going to happen in June. It has even a schedule and he would like this fight to happen in Mexico, so no way we will do it.”
How about that? Of course, Jones versus Velasquez or Werdum would certainly move a ton of tickets, but those are fights that aren’t going to happen anytime soon.
As Jones noted in the presser, he still has his upcoming bout with Daniel Cormier on January 3rd, and after that, he’ll have to face the winner of Alexander Gustafsson-Anthony Johnson. That fight will go down at UFC on FOX 14 on January 24th.
Then of course, Werdum has yet to even fight Velasquez, and that doesn’t even factor in possible injuries, etc, etc.
Of course, history also shows us that the challenges of MMA, particularly at the upper echelon of the sport, have a way of spoiling super fights. Still, if Jones can win his next two bouts, then the UFC could have a massive card to play in a year or so….