As it stands today, there has never been a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion who has defended the title more than twice. It remains one of the more interesting streaks in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Currently slated to defend his Heavyweight strap for the first time later tonight (Sat., May 14, 2016) at UFC 198 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, champion Fabricio Werdum will begin his journey to attempt to end the divisional curse. His opponent, Stipe Miocic, will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening.
In one of the more intriguing matchups the Heavyweight faction could produce, Werdum will pit his world-class submission skills against the elite-level striking of Miocic. Of course, the Brazilian has extended his standup repertoire quite a bit under the tutelage of Kings MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro over the past few years. But despite his evolution on the feet, Werdum may experience some issues when encountered with Miocic’s superior athleticism, formidable distance control and relentless gas tank.
As we gear up for arguably the greatest PPV event to ever take place on Brazilian soil, we take a closer look at what Werdum and Miocic need to do in order to win UFC 198’s main event showdown.
1. Strike with conviction…
As previously mentioned, Werdum has begun to evolve as a Heavyweight striker. It has happened much further along in his career than he may have wanted, but he has efficiently out-pointed divisional mainstays like Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt and Travis Browne, on the feet over his past three fights.
While the legendary Brazilian will undoubtedly draw confidence from those experiences, he also needs to understand that there’s no room for hesitation against a ….View full article
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