For many in the fight game, UFC 198 can be summed up with one burning question: what happened to Fabricio Werdum?
The now-former UFC heavyweight champion suffered a thunderous defeat at the hands of Stipe Miocic on Saturday, forfeiting his UFC title courtesy of a one-punch knockout from Miocic just minutes into the opening round.
The finishing sequence itself was bizarre, as Werdum rushed Miocic with sloppy lunging punches that left the Brazilian defenseless. Miocic countered with a short right hand off his back foot, and just like that the fight was over.
Former UFC champion Junior dos Santos is still the only man in the heavyweight division to hold wins over both Werdum and Miocic, and he was one of the few to not be surprised by how things went down at UFC 198.
“[Werdum] looked the same,” dos Santos said Monday on The MMA Hour. “He looked the same. He’s not a striker. He’s not a striker. He can’t strike with a specialist like Miocic. If you try to remember, he was getting beaten against Mark Hunt very bad. He lost the first round and he was losing the second round, then he threw a very hard knee and he won the fight, but he was losing.
“Against (Cain) Velasquez he did pretty well, he did way better. He got better with his stand-up skills, but it’s not the same. When you fight with a specialist, a striking specialist as Miocic is, in my mind he should’ve tried to take him down and use his jiu-jitsu. When he got caught, knocked out, he was walking forward with no (defense). Something very strange.”
Werdum has always been a savant on the jiu-jitsu mats, however his improved striking game under Kings MMA head trainer Rafael Cordeiro has been one of ….View full article
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