Fabricio Werdum added another impressive win to his resume on June 23, knocking out Mike Russow during the first round of their UFC 147 encounter. With the win, Werdum is now 2-0 since his return to the UFC, establishing himself as a serious contender.
“I’m very happy, because I’ve trained a lot for this fight” Werdum said after his TKO victory against Mike Russow. “I’ve trained for three months for this fight with my coach Rafael Cordeiro – Kings MMA. Everybody helped me. Babalu [Renato Sobral], Mark Munoz… everybody help me a lot. I’m very happy with the guys. I’m just waiting for the next fight. I’m just resting one week, then I start the training again. I’m just waiting for what the UFC says… two months, three months; I’ll be ready for this fight.”
Coming into the UFC, Werdum was already recognized as one of the most dangerous submission specialist in MMA, but he surprised many fans with his improved striking skills, dominating Roy Nelson in the clinch, during his first fight back with the promotion.
Critics might argue that Werdum’s striking has only been impressive against mediocre strikers, but that really isn’t the case. Werdum held his own against Alistair Overeem – one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA – during the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix, landing his share of solid shots during the contest. He ended up losing the decision, but I personally thought he gave Overeem his toughest test in a while.
Given how solid Werdum has been lately, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a number-one contender bout pretty soon. He’s already indicated his desire to avenge his UFC 90 loss to current heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, and I wouldn’t count him out against anyone in the division.
“Every time I see ‘Cigano,’ I want more and more to fight him,” Werdum said. “My plan is to go into the ‘TUF: Brazil’ house and shoot a second season opposite Dos Santos. It would be great if we could coach our own teams and then face each other at the end of the season.”
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.