Bivši šampion UFC-ove teške katgorije Fabricio Werdume je izgubio svoj pojas na UFC198 kada ga je trenutni šampion teške kategorije Stipe Miočić nokautirao pred više od 50 hiljada brazilaca u prvoj rundi. Werdume je od te borbe uspeo da pobedi četri borbe ali je doživo jedan poraz od Alistar Overeema.
Werdum ima dve uzastopne pobede iza sebe i poslednji put se suočio sa Marcinom Tyburom na “UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura” u Australiji, njega je pobedio jednoglasnom odlukom sudija nakon pet rundi.
The UFC said nothing yet, but I think I’m the next one. I deserve this. Not just because of my last fights, but [I’ve been fighting] for 20 years. I’ve [been fighting] for a long. I think I deserve it. My goal is to put one more belt on my wall. I have two. The third one coming, for sure. […] 100 percent, I will be a champion this year again. I know Stipe Miocic. I respect him. I like him.
[Miocic] doesn’t say nothing like bad things. He’s a nice guy, for sure. But, 100 percent: When I fought him before, I lost to myself. I lost to me. Because of a lot of things. This time – 100 percent, he’s a good fighter. But 100 percent, I beat him. I saw this today. I’m feeling this. This year, 2018, I want to see everything. I want to train a lot to be a champion again. I don’t just fight for fighting. I’ve proved it before. I got [the title] two times. The first time, versus Mark Hunt, was like an interim belt. But, for me, it’s the same thing.
Da li je Werdume zaslužio da se bori za titulu?