Say it ain’t so!
Ahead of the anticipated heavyweight clash between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, “Vai Cavalo” insists that he is capable of putting the reigning champ on his back and forcing him to play his game of submission fighting. That will be no easy feat as Velasquez is a decorated wrestler-turned mixed martial arts powerhouse however we all seen exactly how Werdum can perform under the pressure of performing where his opponents do their best work.
“I can see myself taking him down and putting him in danger while he plays guard or gives his back when standing up, Werdum said. “I can be on top of him by taking him down, reversing or getting his back, all these hypotheses are possible.
In his last outing, Werdum out struck Travis “Hapa” Browne to a decisive decision win as the Hawaiian was just simply outclassed by the big Brazilian’s high volume attack on the feet, as well as coming out on top and being the first man to take a win over the great Fedor Emelianenko in June 2010. So don’t be surprised if the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt completes the take down and finishes him off with a quickness.
The Brazilian heavyweight had more to say about his main event meeting with Velasquez in Mexico City.
“He’s the favorite, he has a very tough game and he’s hard to beat, but it’s better for me to not even fight if I don’t believe in myself. I’m sure that I’ll have a great performance.”
We’ve seen Velasquez get surprised in the past, when he was quickly taken out by Junior dos Santos to cough up his belt and head back to the drawing board.
This time, we just might see it happen again when these two lock horns on Nov. 15 at UFC 180: Velasquez vs Werdum.
Can Werdum successfully apply such a unique strategy or does Cain make him pay for it?