Fabricio Werdum's Coach Says Werdum Is a 'Dangerous Matchup for Cain Velasquez'

Fabricio Werdum will find himself in a familiar position at UFC 180 in November. He'll be facing another opponent who seemingly has no weakness and will be the underdog to UFC champion Cain Velasquez, but the Brazilian knows what it takes to shock the world.

Werdum shocked the MMA world in 2010 as he defeated the greatest heavyweightand some believe greatest MMA fighter overallFedor Emelianenko by submission in the first round. Werdum's coach, Rafael Cordeiro, speaking to MMAFighting.com, believes history will repeat itself at UFC 180.

(Velasquez) is a good match-up for us. ‘Cigano’ has a completely different style. ‘Cigano’ is a boxer, but Werdum is a more complete fighter. He has a world-class jiu-jitsu, a good muay Thai. It’s a dangerous match-up for Cain Velasquez. I’m not saying ‘Cigano’ is not good, but I think that Velasquez’s style is better for Werdum.

Indeed, Werdum presents an entirely different style than the one presented by the aforementioned Junior dos Santos. Werdum's grappling skills have always been known as his greatest strength, and he is without a doubt one of the better grapplers in MMA.

But lately, Werdum has showcased another wrinkle to his MMA game: his striking skills.

Werdum's coming-out party as a legit heavyweight contender came courtesy of his UFC 143 clash with Roy Nelson. The Brazilian showed off his new muay thai striking ability and put a beating on Nelson. Werdum added another KO to his credit against Mike Russow along with tapping out the legendary Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira before putting on perhaps the best performance of his career.

At the UFC on Fox 11 event, Werdum showed a complete game as he dominated Travis Browne from bell to bell. The performance cemented Werdum's place as the top contender and ensured the Brazilian of a title shot down the road.

On paper, it would seem Velasquez's greatest strengths play directly into Werdum's strength. Velasquez is known for his grinding, wrestling-based strategy, which would give Werdum the chance to utilize his jiu-jitsu skills.

If Velasquez chooses to employ a similar game plan to the one he used against Dos Santos (clinch and put his opponent on the fence), he will again run into one of Werdum's strengths, as the Brazilian has shown the ability to utilize the clinch in traditional muay thai fashion with vicious knees and elbows.

Velasquez could choose to strike at range but has shown to be vulnerable at that distance in his fight with Cheick Kongo.

I believe the fight will head to the ground at some point, which is where the interesting chess match will begin. Can Werdum handle the strength and pressure of Velasquez's constant offense, or can the Brazilian pull off another monumental upset?

Those are just a few of the questions that will highlight the intrigue heading into UFC 180 later this year.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 205 Bonus Recap

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

Who won the UFC 205 performance bonuses at UFC 205? Find out who walked away with an extra $50,000. read news >>

On the Rise: Sao Paulo Edition

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Before the familiar foes hit the Octagon, however, a host of fighters worth tracking as this year readies to give way to the next will set the table for them. This is On the Rise. read news >>

Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota joins UFC on FOX 22 lineup

  • 17 days ago
  • 9 views

Next month’s UFC on FOX 22 lineup has its 13th matchup.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Tim Kennedy Calls Out Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, and... Brock Lesnar? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 33 views

Tim Kennedy took to Twitter to find a new UFC 206 opponent, even calling out the recently Goldberg-impaled Brock Lesnar! read news >>

Fight Night Melbourne bonuses: Who got $$$?

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Who won the UFC Fight Night Melbourne performance bonuses? Find out who walked away with an extra $50,000. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum No Longer Happy Fighting for UFC | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 453 views

The rift between Fabricio Werdum and the UFC appears to be appears to be widening, as the former champion is no longer happy with the organization. read news >>

Dana White: 'Cyborg' Justino turned down multiple UFC featherweight title fights

  • 2 days ago
  • 66 views

According to UFC President Dana White, Cristiane Justino could be in position to be a UFC champion. She just needed to stop turning down fights.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena headlines UFC on FOX 23 in Denver

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

A key matchup that could very well determine the next contender for the UFC women’s bantamweight title has been booked for January.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Bruno Santos vs. Vagab Vagabov added to WSOF 34 prelims on New Year's Eve

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

A middleweight matchup between Brazilian grappler Bruno Santos and undefeated Russian prospect Vagab Vagabov has been added to WSOF 34.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

MMAjunkie Radio (1 p.m. ET): Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, Muhammad Lawal, more

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, Muhammed Lawal, Joey Diaz and Sammy the Squid.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>