Rumor has it that Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Fabricio Werdum will join the list of fighters who’ve defected from Strikeforce’s ranks in favor of the UFC. Though persistent, Werdum himself recently told FightHubTV that the rumors were a little overblown and that, though he welcomes a return to the UFC, he is currently only a Strikeforce fighter.
“I haven’t spoken to anybody yet, the only thing I know is my Strikeforce contract. I would love to return to the UFC, because they are the best promoters in the world,” said Werdum. “I fought four times for them and I know I will come back to fight the best, if Joe Silva gives me the chance to show I’m in good form and I can do this. I don’t have anything for sure. The only thing for sure are my Strikeforce fights.”
Werdum’s trainer, Rafael Cordeiro, said in a recent interview with Tatame that the 34-year-old Brazilian was in talks with the UFC, but Werdum insists that no such talks have taken place.
“No, no one has talked to them and I’m waiting though,” he said. “If there is a rumor, maybe there’s some truth to it, but if there was I couldn’t say much right now either.”
Vai Cavallo has even been linked with an opponent already, with some speculating that he would face Shane Carwin; however, Werdum has been playing matchmaker with one of Carwin’s teammates, Brendan Schaub, having responded to the younger prospects challenge through Twitter and verbally agreeing to a fight in the Octagon.
“Brendan Schaub, I’m ready for you,” he wrote upon hearing Schaub’s call-out. “Anytime, anywhere. Great fight for the UFC fans.”
The 14-5-1 Werdum last appeared in action against former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem in the opening round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, losing the lackluster bout via unanimous decision. Check out FightHubTV’s full interview with Werdum below.