"We won’t talk trash to promote this fight. I’ve made this mistake before. I respect him a lot. The same approach I’ll have in this fight is the one I had against Fedor Emelianenko. It’s a mutual respect. I can’t promote this fight talking trash. His style is impressive, and I will train hard to beat that. He keeps the pace for five rounds and that’s tough for a heavyweight. I’ll work on my cardio to do an excellent fight for the fans."
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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