UFC wants Werdum to fight Browne vs. Barnett winner


In October UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum reached every fighter's goal. Unbeaten since returning to the UFC in 2012, with wins over Roy Nelson, Mike Russow and Big Nog, Werdum earned a shot a title. Then things happened.

Cain Velasquez is out until late in 2014 with shoulder surgery, and the UFC wants Werdum to fight. So does he sit out the surgery, collecting no fight money in the meantime, but with the promise of a PPV payday at the end? Or should he fight?

And if he fights, who?

Here are the UFC Top-10 Heavyweights:
Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Junior Dos Santos
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Daniel Cormier*
4. Antonio Silva
5. Travis Browne
6. Josh Barnett
7. Alistair Overeem
8. Mark Hunt
9. Frank Mir
10. Stipe Miocic
*Dropping to Light heavyweight

Ariel Helwani reported UFC president Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta want Werdum to fight the winner of Travis Browne vs. Josh Barnett at UFC 168 on Dec. 18.

Werdum wanted to wait a day, but White is clear on what he wants.

"I met with Werdum yesterday or the day before - he's going to fight the winner of Travis Browne and Josh Barnett," White told FOX Sports today. "Waiting is ridiculous."

"I'm not interested in him waiting, he's going to fight. Because it gets to a point where it's been so long since he fought nobody gives a s—-. You start to disappear and nobody cares and they start talking about other heavyweights and it's like 'why is this guy getting a shot when he hasn't even fought?' so we're going to push him to fight."

Do you think Werdum will fight, or wait?

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chokeyou site profile image  

12/13/13 12:06 PM by chokeyou

Zuffa is good at this. Whoever wins in a week will be approached, talked in to or compensated to fight Wrdum and zuffa talk W into it as well. This is all about money.

Willo232 site profile image  

12/13/13 3:53 AM by Willo232

Imo if Werdum opts to wait it out he will and should lose his no.1 contender status - a win over either Barnett or Browne means far more today than a win over Big Nog. Much as i like Werdum of his 3 wins to get to the title shot, none of them are currently ranked in the top ten.

DoomFarmer site profile image  

12/13/13 3:02 AM by DoomFarmer

Werdum vs JDS would go differently these days.I'd like to see that fight.

chokeyou site profile image  

12/13/13 2:15 AM by chokeyou

yep.. Committed to jones..If Werdum fights the winner of.. JDS can have next shot. Cain won't come back early again. That didn't work last time.

chokeyou site profile image  

12/13/13 2:13 AM by chokeyou

Yeah, better to have guys who can't fight owning belts.

MrAntichrist site profile image  

12/12/13 6:59 PM by MrAntichrist

All if this. War Warmaster!

NiteProwleR site profile image  

12/12/13 6:44 PM by NiteProwleR

Is Cormier out of the division or what?

FinestScotch site profile image  

12/12/13 6:08 PM by FinestScotch

Nelson, Russow and Big Nog is probably the easiest title shot possible with the division where it is now.Werdum needs to sack up and not sit out for over a fuckin' year for his shot... won't even be guaranteed by the time Cain heals, because all Werdum will do by sitting out is make himself completely obscure to the average fan.

OregonChaelClosedDueToBandWagonCrash site profile image  

12/12/13 5:45 PM by OregonChaelClosedDueToBandWagonCrash

JDS will ko any of these fools. Unfortunately we may see JDS vs Cain 4 when Cain returns.