Fabricio Werdum was well on his way to contending for the Strikeforce heavyweight title after he defeated Fedor Emelianenko back in 2010. Now, after earning a victory in his UFC return at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit, Werdum is hoping to move closer to a rematch with current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
Werdum previous run in the UFC was ended when dos Santos delivered a first round knockout of him at UFC 90 in 2008. Werdum decided to sign with Strikeforce after that loss, but has his sights set on avenging the defeat in the near future.
“It’s obvious. I have to fight ‘Cigano’ again,” said Werdum, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “When he got here, people didn’t know him in the UFC and I took that fight. When UFC offers me this fight, in three, four fights from now, I hope he accepts it.”
Werdum feels like he is a much better fighter than when he first met dos Santos, as he has been working with those at Kings MMA, adding, “When we fought, I was an orphan with no mom or dad (in regards to coaches), I wasn’t in a good shape, but it’s over now.