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Fabricio Werdum targeting Brazil for possible fight with Frank Mir

Fresh off a convincing victory over Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum is looking to have his next fight to place back in his native country of Brazil.

Werdum earned a decision on all three judges’ scorecards Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit, ending a short one-fight losing skid suffered at the hands of Alistair Overeem in Strikeforce. For Werdum, the bout marked the beginning of his second stint in the UFC. The first ended when current UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos knocked him out. Werdum left the company and signed with Strikeforce so that he could face Fedor Emelianenko, eventually defeating  the iconic Russian, earning him a place in MMA history as the first fighter to legitimate finish Emelianenko.

“I hope I can fight in June in Brazil. I get there (Monday) to be part of (TUF Brasil), but I won’t stop training, even because the whole team will be together there,” said Werdum, in a recent interview with TATAME, on what he hopes is next for him. “God bless me, the UFC will give me the chance to bring this joy to people in Brazil.”

Werdum has no planned opponent lined up, but rumors of a possible match with Frank Mir to excite him. “If it’s Frank Mir, excellent. If it’s not, it’s okay. I just wanna show I’m in the Top 10 of the division.”

The UFC is planning a card for this summer from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a UFC middleweight championship bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen likely filling the main event spot. A Dos Santos-Overeem fight has also been rumored for the lineup.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    When they said that Werdum was the best Heavyweight submissive expert my friend looked at me and said that he thought Mir might have something to say about that. Hope that fight happens, should be some good ground action, unless both decide to display their improved striking again.

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  • trupert says:

    I guess if they make this fight, then they have to make Cain vs Bigfoot. Because who would Cain fight?

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  • Im actually ALL about this fight….Let Cain fight Bigfoot or someone else….I wanna see Mir break another Jitz legends arm for refusing to tap!

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    According to Joe Rogan every fighter is the “best” something in MMA or at the very least their division. Even if he said someone from the previous fight was the “best” at the same thing.

    Mir v. werdum would be a good fight and would probably take place standing the whole time. Seems usually when both men excell in the same aspect especially bjj they keep it on their feet.

    There are exceptions of course but, the trend is there.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Rogan has the same vocabulary limitations regarding fighters’ skills as Goldie does regarding the octagon girls.

    Werdum is easily the best BJJ artist in the world at heavyweight, as far as MMA is concerned. Frank definitely can hang, though, so I can’t wait to see this. Two sick black belts who actually put in a lot of hard work learning to throw hands. (Werdum I think was training with Cro Cop since at least his loss to Gonzaga.)

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I hope it happens. Mir wont take Werdum down, trust me. Good match up. I hate to say it but both Mir and Werdum beat Roy up more convincingly than Jr. Sure Jr landed a lot but he also got hit a lot.

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