Fabricio Werdum earns title shot with win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in June 2013

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sparky
12/28/12 11:33:28PM
Following his stint coaching on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, Fabricio Werdum will square off against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. A win would earn him a heavyweight title shot, if UFC President Dana White is to be believed.

By the time the night is out tomorrow evening (Sat., Dec. 29, 2012) at UFC 155 in Las Vegas, Nevada, we'll know whether Junior dos Santos kept his heavyweight championship or whether Cain Velasquez pried it from his big Brazilian hands.

Because it's never too early to look ahead, we're wondering who the winner has to look forward to. After all, the 265-pound weight class is supposed to be as deep as it's ever been, right?

Well, according to UFC President Dana White, Fabricio Werdum has the opportunity to earn a crack at the crown if he can defeat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira when the two square off following the conclusion of their stint as coaches on season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2013.


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Lungsofsteel
12/28/12 11:56:37PM
never count big nog out tho
Twenty20Dollars
12/29/12 12:10:29AM

Posted by Lungsofsteel

never count big nog out tho



never count on what dana says
JLS1980
12/29/12 12:47:36AM
I think Werdum has came a long ways since his first fight with JDS. And I also think he deserves a shot at the title next providing he wins. And I don't see him having any trouble with Big Nog.
Samps
12/29/12 1:57:47AM
So when Overeem destroys Bigfoot then what?
sparky
12/29/12 2:30:06AM

Posted by Samps

So when Overeem destroys Bigfoot then what?



My thoughts exactly
Pookie
12/29/12 2:52:18AM
I might be in the minority, but i fully expect Nog to boss Werdum up on the feet.

And i dont exactly see Bigfoot as a cakewalk for Overeem.

I think the Ufcs plans arent going to work out as expected.
fonduktoe
12/29/12 3:21:42AM
dana white needs to keep his trap shut about potential title shots.
pmoney
12/29/12 4:38:07AM
No matter WHAT happens, that UFC heavyweight title better be defended by the current champ by June. If Fabricio were to beat Nog, the timing would be right for another title defense by the end of the year.

So tired of TUF holding back current fighters, especially champions. Tired of the lack of legit title fights.
prozacnation1978
12/29/12 7:39:55AM
So reem wins he is first
Then you cormier as well
Now werdum

Cain or Jds will defend the belt by summer
Werdum may not get title shot till late fall maybe Dec
sbulldavid
12/29/12 10:00:09AM
Werdum will lose his title shot before he ever gets it. Overeem has already been promised a title shot, Cormier will get a title shot if he beat Mir and JDS wins, Werdum might not get a title shot until 2014 if he does earn one.
OnyxShadow
12/29/12 11:27:59AM
If someone would have told me 2-3 years ago that the UFC HW title picture would be this interesting despite Carwin/Brock absent, I'd have thought they were crazy.

I'd like to see Overeem get the title shot first especially against JDS as I think that match-up is just amazingly good. Werdum seems legit, but he's not really fought the kind of competition that completely proves that for me. A win over Big Nog at this point will hardly change my mind on that.

Personally, I think the best sequence is Overeem (when he beats Bigfoot) vs. winner of JDS/Cain. Around that time have Werdum vs. Cormier, and the winner of that fights the current UFC HW champ.
Bubbles
12/29/12 1:25:33PM

Posted by sparky


Posted by Samps

So when Overeem destroys Bigfoot then what?



My thoughts exactly


Nog vs Werdum is in June, Overeem vs JDS/Cain winner will happen around that time so it plays out just fine
BillsNewAccount
12/29/12 2:01:46PM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by sparky


Posted by Samps

So when Overeem destroys Bigfoot then what?



My thoughts exactly


Nog vs Werdum is in June, Overeem vs JDS/Cain winner will happen around that time so it plays out just fine



Yup, lets just hope Reem comes out with both hands still working. I wish they would have given Reem a guy with a softer face for his tune up match.
tcunningham
12/29/12 8:17:40PM
i dont think werdum earned this shot IMO. his stand up has looked better lately but i still dont think he's that great. i WILL enjoy watching him get mauled by either JDS or cain because i think either will destroy him.
prophecy033
12/30/12 4:39:07AM

Posted by Samps

So when Overeem destroys Bigfoot then what?

I'd still set up Overeem vs JDS
jjeans
12/30/12 11:33:41AM
Werdrum is 7-2 in his last 9 fights with losses to JDS and a controversial and appalling fight with Overeem. He got out grappled but outstruck Overeem

His wins include Nelson, Bigfoot, Fedor, Gonzaga and has a fight lined up with Big Nog.

Does he deserve a title shot? His case could be strengthened with a win over a UFC vet such as Streuve or Carwin but his case is already pretty solid.

Is he stylistically interesting against the current champion? Getting better on the feet each time he's seen, outstriking Overeem, outpointing Bigfoot and putting on a Muay Thai clinic against Nelson puts him in the middle of the top 10 heavyweights for striking. His wrestling would be probably one of the worst in the top 10. His BJJ, will depend on the Big Nog fight but its safe to presume he's at least top 3 of the 10.
Cain Velasquez is an incredible wrestler but has only ever fought one guy comfortable on his back and when the fight ended up there it was already over. Wedrum doesn't just want to be there, he loves to be there and would love Cain in his closed guard.
The striking would be really interesting as Wedrum isn't going to be afraid to throw kicks and high kicks, he'll invite the takedown and Cain hasn't fought anyone who really wants him to grab it.

Is he marketable? Honestly.... Probably not, he's been around for ages the hardcores won't forget him especially with the win over Fedor but if they want to Market him they have to hope he speaks English on TUF Brazil and its aired in the US
Bubbles
12/30/12 6:42:38PM

Posted by jjeans
Is he marketable? Honestly.... Probably not, he's been around for ages the hardcores won't forget him especially with the win over Fedor but if they want to Market him they have to hope he speaks English on TUF Brazil and its aired in the US


Why would they run 2 separate interviews? They just subtitled the Vitor/Wandy season, and they subtitled some of the Smashes season (in which English was presumably spoken) so I don't see why they would not subtitle TUF Brazil 2