"He will try to take me down, and I can also take him down. I’m training wrestling with Kenny Johnson and my wrestling has become better and better. The fight is going to the ground. Cain will take me down, but I won’t give him my back. I’ll do a good guard, try submissions. I will always do something. He just got his black belt in jiu-jitsu with Leandro Vieira, and I believe he deserves that. He has been training a lot and is the best MMA fighter in the world. Maybe he doesn’t show his jiu-jitsu in the fight, he probably shows it more in the gym, but he uses it enough combined with his wrestling and he dominates the opponent. He does great mixing it up. He doesn’t put the hooks to go for a rear-naked choke, but he does enough for his style."
More than 17,000 people in attendance at UFC 166 had their eyes glued to the Octagon during the main event meeting between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and former divisional king Junior dos Santos. However, few folks in the arena were as invested in the outcome as Fabricio Werdum. The Brazilian finisher has been seen as a top contender since finishing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in June and will almost certainly serve as Velasquez’s next challenger. Werdum recently spoke to MMAFighting about the match-up where he offered up his take on Velasquez’s performance against Dos Santos, how he plans on approaching the champ when they collide, and more. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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