If and when Fabricio Werdum gets the opportunity to avenge his loss to Junior dos Santos, all depends on how well "Cigano" does in his trilogy against Cain Velasquez, which headlines the UFC 166 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Oct. 19, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Werdum was flattened by his fellow Brazilian at UFC 90 way back in late 2008.
That's assuming "Vai Cavalo" is next in line for a crack at the 265-pound crown. The only fighter with the credentials to take his place is undefeated Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier, according to the official UFC rankings, but "DC" is more interested in trying his luck at light heavyweight.
Some things are worth waiting for -- including a UFC title shot -- and Werdum has agreed to ride the pine until the rest of the division sorts itself out, according to "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV (via Ariel Helwani). It also helps when the current champ is calling you the next contender.
He's certainly put in the work.
Werdum is in prime pouncing position after avenging a 2006 loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the UFC on FUEL TV 10: "Nogueira vs. Werdum 2" main event, now winning three-straight fights against opponents who are, or at the time he fought them, were in the top-10 of his division.
That remains to be seen, but it's not unreasonable to think Alistair Overeem, or to a lesser extent Travis Browne, could make a case for a heavyweight championship bout with a thrilling finish this weekend at UFC Fight Night 26. If that's the case, perhaps we'll first see Werdum try to get one back against "Demolition Man," or finish what Antonio Silva started against "Hapa."