Werdum: I deserve a title shot

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the past decade, only three men have been able to beat Fabricio Werdum – Alistair Overeem, Stipe Miocic, and Junior dos Santos. In the past 45 days Werdum has two decisive wins. At the UFC Fight Night 121, the former heavyweight champion said he wants a title shot.

“I feel for sure I deserve it,” said Werdum to Mike Bohn and John Morgan for MMAjunkie. “It’s not just now for this fight and my last fight. I’ve beat a lot of guys – Fedor Emelianenko, Cain Velasquez, Minotauro. I have a history. For 20 years I’ve been fighting. Not just now. I have two belts in my home. Only one fighter in the world is a jiu-jitsu champion, a submission champion and a UFC champion. It’s me.

“I don’t like when I say that, but I know this is true for sure. Given the opportunity I just want to show again. One more belt on my wall at home, I will stop after that. No, no, I’m joking.”

 

“I want to fight more. Long time ago I’ve been waiting one year for a fight. Why am I waiting like six months, seven months? I want to fight more. I want to fight maybe five times a year. This fight Overeem vs. Francis, I don’t think Francis deserves it yet because he just started now. Overeem has a big history, too, but I think I deserve the title shot. I just want the opportunity.”

“I’m very tired, because it’s five rounds, five minutes. Tybura is a very tough fighter. I know this before. He’s a very young guy. He deserves it. I used my experience there. Everybody saw that. I tried to finish the fight a lot of times. He had good defense.”

It’s not clear who Werdum fights next, but he was clear that it’s not going to be Derrick Lewis, who pulled out of a scheduled fight at UFC 216 on fight day. But outside of a rematch with Miocic, Werdum wouldn’t name who he will fight. Here’s the champion and top 10, and outside of a title shot, it’s not clear:
Champion : Stipe Miocic
1 Alistair Overeem
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Cain Velasquez
4 Francis Ngannou
5 Mark Hunt
6 Derrick Lewis
7 Alexander Volkov
8 Marcin Tybura
9 Curtis Blaydes
10 Stefan Struve