Fabricio Werdum may be the UFC’s heavyweight champ, but until he beats Cain Velasquez again, apparently not everyone will be convinced he’s the planet’s best. Does “Vai Cavalo” agree with that line of thinking? No. No he does not.
As you know, Werdum shocked many throughout the MMA world in June, by tapping out Velasquez in the third round. After the bout, however, many pointed to the high altitude of Mexico City, and Velasquez’s decision to train in the U.S., as a pivotal factor in the loss. Werdum, on the other hand, headed to Mexico City well over a month out to get acclimated to the conditions.
In addition, since Velasquez hadn’t fought since October, 2013, many believe Werdum didn’t face the former champ at his best. Thus, this is why, Velasquez boosters were calling for an immediate rematch, and apparently the UFC will grant their wish.
Well, recently Werdum spoke to MMA Fighting.com, and while discussing the victory, he stated:
“Fans will always try to find something to talk about,” Werdum said. “Everybody saw this fight, they are not blind. I dominated him completely. If Cain didn’t go to altitude earlier, that’s not my problem. I was not going to call him and say ‘Cain, you have to come earlier because the altitude will affect you a lot’. I believe there were a lot of reasons, actually: the altitude, the fact that I wanted it so bad, that he hasn’t fought for a while, but his coach said he was in great shape and would give him a worse beating than he gave ‘Cigano’, so I knew he wasn’t confident. I wanted the belt so bad, and I won it.
“The altitude helped me, of course, but that was part of my strategy as well. That’s why I went early to Mexico, stayed there for 40 days, and showed the world I was better than him…”
It’s going to be interesting to see how the rematch goes down, no question. Recently UFC President Dana White announced that the promotion is hoping to book the bout for early 2016.