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Fabricio Werdum Earns Title Shot — And the Reasons Why

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With his come-from-behind victory over Gabriel Gonzaga at Saturday’s UFC 80 event, Fabricio Werdum — who owns a mere 1-1 record in the UFC — has been granted a heavyweight title shot. He’ll take on the winner of an interim title fight between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia that headlines next month’s UFC 81 event.

UFC Dana White confirmed Werdum’s upcoming shot at the belt during UFC 80, (The UFC, of course, is assuming that estranged heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who announced his resignation from the organization in October, will turn down the fight

However, is Werdum really ready to fight for the title? Will UFC fans consider it a legitimate main event if the UFC gives the fight headliner status?

So, why does he get a title fight so soon in the UFC?

Honestly, there aren’t many other options. Couture appears finished with the UFC, Gonzaga already got his shot, Arlovski could be fighting for the final time in the UFC in March, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been struggling and is unsure about his future in MMA (according to White anyway), Brandon Vera is coming off a loss, the world’s other top heavyweights (Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Aleksander Emelianenko, for example) don’t fight for the UFC, and the UFC’s other heavyweights (such as Jake O’Brien, Eddie Sanchez, Justin McCully and Antoni Hardonk) are far from ready.

Post #1   1/20/08 4:01:25PM   

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the f***?

i mean, i really like werdum and i picked him to assrape gonzaga, but he's only won one fight, why not AA?

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It’s kind of sad that this is what the HW division has come to… for a while there it looked like it was going to become a deep division, but with the things that happened like Cro Cop flopped , Couture left, Vera's hype quickly ended dropping a decision against sylvia, and arlovski sitting on the bench… it just fizzled.

Although I agree it’s not an optimal option, I think that if Kongo wins against Herring, he should probably get the next shot… based on his last couple of fight beating former HW contender assuerio silva, and cro cop, he should be ahead of werdum.

Either that or B.J. hits up McDonald’s every day for about six months, or by some miracle coutre decides to fullfill his contract obligation, and makes a return.

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Posted by Vietnamese_Guy

the f***?

i mean, i really like werdum and i picked him to assrape gonzaga, but he's only won one fight, why not AA?



I agree give the title shot to Arlovski!

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I don't care if Werdum finished Gonzaga he was far from impressive, hand still needs lots of improvement, Gonzaga took him down at will, he just didn't follow him to the ground....I think it was more less impressive from Gonzaga than impressive for Werdum.

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BULLSHIT

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What about Cheick Kongo? Enough said, he deserved a shot himself.

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Posted by babalu2720

I don't care if Werdum finished Gonzaga he was far from impressive, hand still needs lots of improvement, Gonzaga took him down at will, he just didn't follow him to the ground....I think it was more less impressive from Gonzaga than impressive for Werdum.




the only reason why i can think why Werdum gets this shot..
is of course cuz he beat Gonzaga duh.. even though it wasn't
impressive in my eyes.. he still beat the last belt challenger,
GG who actually put up a fight against Randy.. the actual belt holder..
just my opinion.. not that i agree with the shot @ the belt for
Werdum.. but that seems to be why to me..

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Posted by krthll1


Posted by Vietnamese_Guy

the f***?

i mean, i really like werdum and i picked him to assrape gonzaga, but he's only won one fight, why not AA?



I agree give the title shot to Arlovski!



assrape Gonzga?! what fight did you see? Gonzaga was assraping Werdum till basically.. it looked like GG just got sloppy and seemed to give up.. i don't think i
ever seen some one dropped so many times by leg kicks before.. i'm just dumb
founded by what happened..

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this is kinda crazy

I know there are some others deserving this (e.g. Kongo, AA) but its still better Werdum than Lesnar

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I think due to the lack of depth in the HW division there aren't many more options. AA comes to mind but if he isn't under contract then why would he get it? Maybe Kongo but he is kind of a stretch. A fight between Werdum and Kongo for #1 contender wouldn't be bad. They would have to have it in like 3 months then the next Title fight in 6 months. That would be alot of fighting for Werdum, plus if he won they would want him to defened in anothe 4 or so months. Well I kinda went one there...Sorry

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no he dont!! he was gettin beat in the fight and rocked GG then got the TKO, they fight again i see GG beatin him, kongo should get one b4 him

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both Tim and Nog would beat him. If werdum somehow got tim on the ground then maybe he'd have a good chance of pulling off the submission.

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looks to me like arlovski hasnt resigned, if thats the case then werdum does make the most sense to get a title shot.

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The UFC's heavyweight devision is shallower than a lake in Death Valley at low tide!

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