Another heavyweight matchup has been put together for the coming months, as MMAFighting reports that Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow are tentatively set to meet at UFC 147 in June.
UFC and PRIDE vet Fabricio “Vai Cavallo” Werdum (15-5-1) recently returned to the UFC after making an extended run in the Strikeforce promotion. As part of the general absorption of the Strikeforce heavyweights, Werdum faced Roy Nelson at UFC 143 last month, displaying a much-improved striking game in soundly defeating Big Country. The victory served as a rebound from the disappointing decision he dropped to current number one UFC contender Alistair Overeem in his last Strikeforce bout in June of last year.
Perhaps the UFC heavyweight division’s most unlikely success story, Mike Russow (15-1, 1 NC) has gone undefeated in his four-fight Octagon run. The 35-year-old Russow hasn’t fooled anyone into thinking he’s a world-beater, but two straight finishes over Todd Duffee and Jon Madsen, in addition to a sound decision victory over John Olav Einemo in his most recent performance have earned the Chicago police officer a chance to prove himself against the division’s more elite competition.
UFC 147 is expected to take place on June 16 at an as-yet-unannounced venue in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The card is expected to feature the highly anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, a TUF: Brazil coaches battle between Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, as well as the TUF: Brazil finals matches.