As great as it was for Fabricio Werdum to avenge a loss and topple his idol at UFC on Fuel TV 10 in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Saturday night, beating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira still didn’t rank as the highest accomplishment of his mixed martial arts career.
That position is still reserved for Werdum’s victory over Fedor Emelianenko when the two fought under the Strikeforce banner.
“It was definitely Fedor,” Werdum said at Saturday night’s press conference.
He fought just one more time for Strikeforce following the win over Fedor. He lost a unanimous decision to Alistair Overeem in what proved to be lackluster efforts from both men.
Werdum immediately rebounded when he moved to the UFC, reeling off victories over Roy Nelson and Mike Russow en route to his rematch with Nogueira.
Now he is in the thick of UFC heavyweight title talk.
Fellow Brazilian Junior dos Santos is next up for champion Cain Velasquez, but Werdum could face the winner of that fight. Following his recent stint as a coach on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, however, it’s likely he’ll take another fight while Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 unfolds.
“I gave the UFC the idea of doing a TUF in Mexico and I’d like to do it against Velasquez,” said Werdum.
That is, of course, if Velasquez gets past dos Santos and if the timing works out for an Ultimate Fighter Mexico, which is currently in the early planning stages.
Waiting around isn’t something that Werdum is keen to do, though. Injuries and the lengthy time involved in doing the reality series in Brazil put a year between his two most recent fights, and Werdum would like to stay busier than that.
“I’ve been away for too long,” he said. “I’ve already spent one year without fighting because I did TUF in Brazil, so I wouldn’t like to do that again.”
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