In a few weeks time, a pivotal 265-pound clash will be taking place in Orlando at UFC on FOX 11 -- with title implications written all over it. Fabricio Werdum goes up against Travis Browne in the main event, with the winner all but confirmed to challenge Cain Velasquez, once the heavyweight champion returns from his injury layoff.
According to "Vai Cavalo," Velasquez is picking "Hapa" to win. Not because he feels the Albuquerque-based heavyweight has the tools to beat the Brazilian, but rather the opposite.
Werdum thinks Velasquez is rooting for Browne because he's an easy ride (via FOX Sports):
"Everybody knows that he doesn't have it on the ground. He goes on the ground, he tries to stand up. He doesn't have confidence ... [Velasquez] knows when he takes me down, it's just starting the fight on the ground. [Fighting Browne] is much better for him for sure."
His opponent doesn't quite feel the same way.
Although, if you think the former Strikeforce vet is just a ground fighter, think again. He's been working with acclaimed coach Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA, sprucing up his stand-up, too.
"I'm confident in my stand-up, too. I'm not just a jiu-jitsu guy. I'm a complete fighter now. I have the best coach in the world in Rafael Cordeiro. He showed me a lot of tricks."
Sounds like a man with a plan.
If Werdum's tricks surprise Browne in a few weeks time at UFC on FOX 11, he would not only set up a scrap against Velasquez, but would also secure his first world title bout in his 12-year career.
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