Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who meets Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the featured bout on UFC 216’s pay-per-view main card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, is only two fights removed from losing the heavyweight belt to Miocic by first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016.
Despite the fact he’s also coming off a loss to Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who is scheduled to fight Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in a crucial contender bout at UFC 218 in December, Werdum believes he can slide into the No. 1 contender spot vs. Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) with an impressive performance against Lewis.
“I deserve (a title shot),” Werdum told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 216 media day. “Stipe (hasn’t fought) for a long time. I don’t know how long, but he don’t fight for a long time. I think all three. Me, Overeem and Francis can go for the title shot. I think maybe, maybe, if Derrick Lewis beats me (he can get one). But he doesn’t deserve it at this moment to go for the title shot.
“I think a good fight, a good submission, a good knockout, fans will say, ‘Werdum, you’re the next one.’ … I believe I should go for the title shot again.”
At 40, Werdum’s timeframe to regain heavyweight gold is seemingly shrinking with each passing day. He said he’s healthy and injury-free going into UFC 216, though, and intends to deliver a performance that shows exactly what he’s capable of.
Werdum, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, has never lost consecutive fights during his career, and after the setback against Overeem at UFC 213 in July, he wants to use No. 12-ranked Lewis as a platform to not only bounce back, but prove he should be the one fighting Miocic next.
“I want to beat Derrick Lewis,” Werdum said. “I respect him a lo, because I know he’s a top fighter. He has a good punch, he has good kicks too. He’s in my way. My goal is the title shot again.”view original article >>
Former champion Fabricio Werdum believes it’s his career, more than recent results, that should warrant him a new stab at Stipe Miocic. read news >>
Derek Brunson believes a win over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza leaves him at the door of a title shot, whether it’s for the interim or undisputed belt. read news >>
Check out highlights from Drew Dober's decision win over Frank Camacho in a tough battle at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. read news >>
Check out highlights from Andre Fili's split-decision victory over Dennis Bermudez at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. read news >>
Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will return to action in March as he faces upstart contender Alexander Volkov in the new main event just announced for UFC Fight Night in London on March 1 read news >>
See the top Twitter reactions to Lyoto Machida’s win over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 main event. read news >>
Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero notched a big win on his quest for the middleweight title with a third-round TKO win over Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221 from Perth, Australia. The fight kick read news >>
Yoel Romero earned a third round knockout to finish Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 and it turns out he may have been competing for the majority of the fight on one leg. After hobbling out of the Octagon on read news >>
See the top Twitter reacts to Yoel Romero’s win over Luke Rockhold in the UFC 221 main event. read news >>
Khabib Nurmagomedov believes there is no confusion about the UFC lightweight title that he is fighting for when he meets Tony Ferguson in the UFC 223 headliner on April 7 in Brooklyn, N.Y. When UFC p read news >>