Fabricio Werdum Mulling Over UFC Heavyweight Options, Decision to Come by Next Week

December 12, 2013
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23-FabricioWerdum_UFC90Weigh_2106-478x270With UFC champ Cain Velasquez recovering from shoulder surgery, Fabricio Werdum is considering his options for his next fight, MMAWeekly.com learned on Thursday morning.

A source close to the Brazilian fighter said that Werdum, who was offered the winner of the upcoming fight between Josh Barnett and Travis Browne, will make a decision by next week regarding an opponent.

Werdum was coined by UFC President Dana White as the frontrunner for a shot at the heavyweight title, but shoulder surgery has sidelined Velasquez for the greater part of 2014. The extended recovery for the champion means Werdum must wait until at least the second half of the year to fight the heavyweight titleholder.

According to a report from Fox Sports Live, Werdum was offered the Barnett vs. Browne winner. A pairing with one of the two could mean Werdum gets a fight as early as March 2014.

Werdum returned to the UFC in early 2012, winning all three of his fights since coming back to the Octagon. In his last performance, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion submitted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by armbar, after coaching opposite the former Pride FC and interim UFC champ on TUF: Brazil 2.

Velasquez injured his shoulder in his victory over Junior dos Santos at UFC 166. As reported on MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, the champ had successful surgery earlier this week on Tuesday.

Barnett and Brown are scheduled to meet on Dec. 28 at UFC 168.

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  • shakejunt

    only thought i have is maybe he wants that rubber match with overeem

  • bajafox

    I would like to see him take on Browne personally.

  • Werdum is next. All he can do is train and rest or pull a Chuck Liddell and fight someone else on the list. The problem is DC is going down to LHW to fight Evans and Bigfoot Silva just fought. The winner of Browne/Barnett makes the most sense. I don’t know how many people are interested in JDS/Overeem rematches. JDS has a long way back before getting another title shot and it would hurt the division for the next top challenger to be taken away by a guy who’s been destroyed by the champion twice already. As for an Overeem rematch. Boring. Plain and simple. Not enough at stake. Does nothing for either fighter. Plus if Reem beats Mir I bet most fans are still hoping to see Overeem/JDS happen.