by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
Werdum was displeased prior to UFC 90 about him not getting a chance to be in
the heavyweight tournament that consists of current champion Randy Couture vs.
Brock Lesnar and interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir. After all, he just defeated former No.
1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga and top prospect Brandon Vera.
the fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 wasn’t
exactly what he was hoping for, but he took the fight in stride. However, there were some people,
including UFC president Dana White, who thought that Werdum was bigger than
usual. Not necessarily out of
shape, but noticeably larger. In
fact, he was nine pounds heavier in this fight than his last.
for Werdum, he was brutally knocked out in the first round by dos Santos,
getting drilled by a vicious uppercut.
According to an interview with Tatame.com, he didn’t
underestimate “Cigano,” but he was surprised at how fast everything
dos Santos was relatively unknown prior to this fight, but he did get some buzz
when he was shown hitting the mitts in UFC
president Dana White’s video blog.
In fact, the betting lines actually decreased after seeing how fast and
accurate dos Santos’ hands were in the blog.
will be back to the drawing board for Werdum after this latest setback. He’ll have to sit back and wait to see
how the whole heavyweight title picture shakes out. In the mean time, having recently signed a new contract with
the UFC, he will have to get back on track and fight another decent heavyweight
contender like Cain Velasquez or Shane Carwin to attempt to propel himself back
into the title picture.
Curitiba, Brazil to move to the United States, Werdum will train out of Chute
Boxe in California with Rafael Cordeiro to help excel his overall game.