Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum expects to be back on top as a titleholder in 2018.
Since losing the UFC heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May 2016, Fabricio Werdum was able to get himself back on track. Save for a close decision loss to Alistair Overeem last July, the former champion has gone 3-1 in his last four fights.
Werdum has since been arguing his case for the next title shot, saying his credentials alone should be a good enough basis. After Saturday’s UFC 220 event in Boston, “Vai Cavalho” is now assured that he will be holding the belt once again, and is expecting it to happen within the year.
“100 percent, I will be a champion this year again,” Werdum told TSN (transcript via MMAjunkie). “I know Stipe Miocic. I respect him. I like him. He doesn’t say nothing like bad things. He’s a nice guy, for sure. But, 100 percent: When I fought him before, I (lost). I lost (to) myself. I lost (to) me. Because of a lot of things. This time – 100 percent, he’s a good fighter. But 100 percent, I beat him. I saw this today. I’m feeling this.”
“This year, 2018, I want to see everything,” he continued. “I want to train a lot to be a champion again. I don’t just fight for fighting. I’ve proved it before. I got (the title) two times. The first time, vs. Mark Hunt, was like an interim belt. But, for me, it’s the same thing.”
Werdum’s last fight took place last November in Sydney, Australia, where he defeated Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision.