Oh, to be a hot commodity.
It's been said that when an average Joe strikes it big, be that in the form of rock stardom or even a winning lottery ticket, it's a surefire bet that "cousins" and "friends" will come out of the woodwork in search of their piece of the veritable pie.
So what is the equivalent of hitting the lotto in MMA? Becoming the first man to (legitimately) defeat "The Last Emperor," Fedor Emelianenko.
That honor went to Fabricio Werdum in June 2010, when he went all geometrical on the legendary Russian forcing the single tap heard round the world.
And so his phone did what it was expected to and started ringing off the hook. But it wasn't some long lost cousin on the other end of the line -- it was UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
"Now I can say, right? (laughs) Joe Silva told me to call him as soon as I was ‘free’, to call him to negotiate, but now we’re at the same home again. ... Strikeforce was doing well, growing strongly, but let’s face the facts, the UFC is the best of the world, a stronger brand… You have to unite with the best."
As fascinating as it is to see "Vai Cavalo" pull the curtain back for a look behind the scenes, the point was rendered moot when Zuffa purchased the San Jose based promotion and therefore inherited his contract.
Still, is it somewhat surprising that the UFC came calling, despite the Brazilian being under contract with another organization? Or simply due diligence?