Jiu Jitsu wizard Fabricio Werdum speaks from experience when he says all it takes it flush strike to end a heavyweight fight. After all, a single uppercut was all it took from Junior dos Santos to crumble the “Vai Cavalo” to the canvas back in 2008.
Which is why Werdum, who has faced his fair share of dangerous strikers, is mindful of opponent Mike Russow’s power.
“Just one punch, or one kick can finish a fight. He [Russow] has a strong punch for sure… The heavyweight division is very dangerous. Everyone has heavy hands and can finish a fight like that,” stated Werdum, with a snap of his fingers.
While a toe-to-toe heavyweight tilt is inherently risky, according to Werdum’s calculations, Russow, who has not lost since 2007, can still pose a threat if the fight hits the floor.
“Mike Russow has good defense on the ground, but if he just gives me one opportunity, I’ll finish the fight.”
With world-class jiu jitsu and more than half of his victories by way of submission, including one over legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, that is not just bravado from a determined Werdum.
“I have good motivation for a fight in Brazil. This fight is a big difference for me and my goal is the belt.”
Fabricio Werdum faces off against the American, Mike Russow in Brazil, June 23, at UFC 147 on PPV.