Fabricio Werdum wants to fight Daniel Cormier, says UFC boss

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum wants to fight Daniel Cormier so badly that he was recently in Dana White's office to specifically request the match up.

According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum has been knocking down his door for a fight with Daniel Cormier.

Months ago Cormier mentioned a potential match up with the winner of Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who "Vai Cavalo" submitted in the second round at UFC on FUEL TV 10 in June.

Werdum looked solid in his victory over "Minotauro," although his performance wasn't enough to skip the line ahead of No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos, who will challenge divisional champion Cain Velasquez for the title at UFC 166 in October.

Since Werdum just took approximately one year off from competition to coach The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil 2 with Nogueira, he wants to stay active -- and the man he has in mind is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner.

"Werdum was in my office two days ago," White said in a media scrum (watch it here) on Thursday (July 4, 2013). "That's who he wants to fight...so we'll see what happens."

Even though a drop in weight to the light heavyweight division is in his future plans, Cormier wants another fight against an elite heavyweight to stay active and named Werdum as an option last May.

Cormier has made his plan for the future crystal clear in recent months, stating he will inevitably fight 205-pound champion Jon Jones for the title, but only after he patiently and safely works his way down in weight.

While he drops weight, though, "DC" would like to continue fighting heavyweight opponents, and he thinks Werdum would be an ideal match up for his second Octagon appearance.

Werdum vs. Cormier would be a match up of the world's No. 2 and No. 3 ranked heavyweights and would be the perfect candidate to serve as the co-main event to UFC 166 where the main event will be Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 for the title.

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