While Fabricio Werdum claims he has no qualms trading strikes with current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, it's safe to say "Vai Cavalo's" best bet to dethrone the champ is to get the action to the ground in order put his jiu-jitsu skills to work.
And a confident Werdum, who holds a black belt in the discipline, says once the bout hits the Octagon floor, it will be game, set and match.
Of course, taking down the former NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestler will be easier said than done.
That's why Fabricio's head trainer, Rafael Cordeiro, is planning to mix things up for the upcoming training camp as he plans to take the team out of California and Kings MMA for a while and head down to sunny Florida to train with American Top Team (ATT).
According to Rafael, the move will serve two purposes; it will take Werdum out of his comfort zone and will also enable him to get some one-on-one training with Steve Mocco, the former Olympic wrestler turned mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter that also happened to defeat Velasquez in a couple of wrestling matches during their senior year in college.
Rafael breaks down the plan to Sherdog:
"We're going to do totally different than what Junior (dos Santos) did. We believe Cain is a tough dude, everybody knows that. We're going to do everything different. We're going to work Fabricio's conditioning and training. Fabricio has amazing jiu-jitsu, amazing muay-thai. But we want to figure out something different for this camp. We're going to bring good guys to train with them. We're going to get high level wrestlers to get the best for him. We need to move out of our comfort zone. This is the moment to do all the best, not just inside Kings MMA but were going to try to get outside. I have good relationships with amazing coaches and I think it's time to move out and train in another place. So, probably we're going to move to Florida to train with the guy who beat Velasquez a couple of times; I think it's going to be different for Fabricio. It makes all the sense that we train with him (Steve Mocco) for this fight. He knows Cain Velasquez's game, and we're going to do everything we can to prepare Fabricio for war. Fabricio has his mentality strong, he knows what he wants and we know what he can do. It's time to make the dream come true."
Of course, pure wrestling and MMA are two totally different beasts as Antonio Silva, who also brought in Mocco to his camp ahead of his fight against Cain at UFC 146, learned on two separate occasions.
Nevertheless, you have to applaud team Werdum for stepping out of the box and out of their comfort zone in order to get the best training possible ahead of perhaps the most important fight of Fabricio's career. And training alongside arguably the most accomplished heavyweight wrestler in MMA at the moment, is one fine start.
But will it be enough to defeat the baddest MMA fighter at 265 pounds?