Werdum has his sights firmly fixed on the UFC heavyweight
championship following a second-round submission of Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira in Saturday night’s
UFC on Fuel TV 10 headliner.
“I’m very happy, because Nogueira is a legend in this sport. I like
him, and he is my good friend, but he punches very hard,” Werdum
told Fox Sports following his victory over “Minotauro” at Paulo
Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil. “I tried to [keep him] on
the ground, but he stood up fast. But when I saw the opportunity on
the ground, I took the armbar.”
With his 2006 loss to “Minotauro” avenged, Werdum has posted three
straight wins since returning to the UFC last year. However, if
Werdum is to receive the next title shot, he will have to wait for
it, as champion Cain
Velasquez is already committed to defend the belt against
Santos in a forthcoming rubber match.
Werdum, who spent one year on the sidelines in order to shoot “The
Ultimate Fighter: Brasil” Season 2 opposite Nogueira, did not
appear enthusiastic about the prospect of another long layoff.
However, if the price for inactivity is a title shot, Werdum said
he is game.
“I’m just waiting, because the next fight is Cain Velasquez versus
‘Cigano.’ If the UFC gave me the opportunity, I would fight for
sure,” Werdum said at the post-fight press conference. “I mentioned
about doing an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ in Mexico. I’m a commentator for
the UFC in Spanish, because I lived for many years in Spain. I
don’t know if [Velasquez will] beat Cigano, but I’m going to be
there observing both. I already spent a year without fighting
because of ‘TUF,’ but if the UFC says wait to fight the champ, then
I will wait and train hard.”