fabricio-werdum-12.jpgFORTALEZA, BRAZIL – If things go as Fabricio Werdum wants them to, he’ll go from one coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter” to another one – and then onto a title fight with reigning UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Werdum laid out the ambitious plans following Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Werdum submitted “Big Nog,” his rival coach on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2,” in the night’s main event.

After the show, Werdum (17-5-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) discussed what’s next. The Brazilian has won three straight fights since his return to the organization, and overall, he’s 6-1 since ending his first UFC run in 2008. He’s ranked No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings and is likely to move up a spot or two on Monday thanks to his win over No. 11 Nogueira (34-8-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) .

Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), though, is likely to next fight ex-champ Junior dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) in a rubber match. Both fighters recently picked up wins at UFC 160, and the trilogy is a surefire pay-per-view blockbuster.

Werdum, though, is holding out hope he can fight Velasquez, the UFC’s Mexican-American champion, at some point. Even if it means waiting.

“For those who don’t know, I’m a commentator for the UFC in Spanish because I can speak in Spanish … after living for many years in Spain,” Werdum said through a translator. “I came with the idea to the UFC of doing an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ with Velasquez in Mexico.

“I don’t know if he’s going to beat ‘Cigano.’ It’s going to be a very good fight. I’ll be sitting back, observing both of them. … But I’ve already spent one year without fighting because I did ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ here (in Brazil), so I wouldn’t like that to happen again. But if the UFC says wait a little more, do ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ then fight the champion, I’ll definitely wait and be working out to become a champion.”

After Saturday’s event, UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik, who works on many of the company’s international initiatives, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the goal is to host a Latin American version of “TUF” that would include Spanish-speaking countries, rather than simply “TUF: Mexico.” The company, though, would like to tie in “TUF: Latin America” with a UFC event in Mexico City, though it likely wouldn’t happen until 2014.

That means Werdum could have an awfully long wait. Not only would he have to hope that Velasquez posts his second straight victory over dos Santos, he’d have to wait to see if the UFC’s plans in Mexico actually materialize. And following recent wins over the likes of Nogueira, Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva, another extended trip to the sidelines for Werdum may not be the best course of action for one of the division’s hottest contenders.

For complete coverage of UFC on FUEL TV 10, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Fabricio Werdum)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 198 Free Fight: Fabricio Werdum Taps Out Cain Velasquez

  • 28 days ago
  • 39 views

Fabricio Werdum became the undisputed heavyweight champion when he defeated Cain Velasquez at UFC 188. Watch the full fight! read news >>

Lance Palmer Discusses Why He Lost His Title, and Isn't Leaving Team Alpha Male

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

Things are a lot sunnier in Lance Palmer Land now than they were four months ago. December 18 wasn’t exactly a banner day for The Party. He came out flat and stayed that way, losing his World Series read news >>

UFC 200 Promo Tour Embedded, Episode 2: ‘I Can’t Stand You’

  • 27 days ago
  • 245 views

Things continue to go off the rails between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, even on the set of Good Morning America. read news >>

TUF 23 Fight Replay, Week 2: Cory Hendricks Fights Through Injured Foot, Submits Khalil Rountree

  • 26 days ago
  • 30 views

Cory Hendricks fights through an injured foot to submit Khalil Rountree and swing the competition back to Team Claudia after the first fight. read news >>

UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic Extended Video Preview

  • 25 days ago
  • 76 views

It’s a heavyweight showdown as champion Fabricio Werdum takes on Stipe Miocic. Plus, former champion Vitor Belfort faces submission specialist Jacare Souza. read news >>

Neil Seery: 'I'm the hardest hitter at flyweight'

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Neil Seery is never shy about attacking, but he'll face his toughest test in Octagon Sunday in Rotterdam against Kyoji Horiguchi. read news >>

UFC 198 Countdown Video: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic

  • 17 days ago
  • 42 views

Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum prepares for a homecoming title defense as he trains to fight Ohio’s Stipe Miocic in the UFC 198 main event in Brazil. read news >>

UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic, a Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 17 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC 198 will be just the second time that the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship has been defended since October 19, 2013. Fabricio Werdum, formerly the interim champion, unified the belts by de read news >>

UFC 198 Embedded, Episode 1: Cris Cyborg Returns Home… as a UFC Fighter

  • 17 days ago
  • 68 views

On Episode 1 of UFC 198 Embedded, heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum lunches with the governor of Parana, as Cris Cyborg returns home as a UFC fighter. read news >>