Fabricio Werdum handed Fedor Emelianenko his first loss in over a decade back in 2010 by tapping "The Last Emperor" under the Strikeforce banner via first-round submission.
In doing so, he ended one of the most impressive runs in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) and proved that despite being known as the best heavyweight fighter of all time, Emelianenko was just a mere mortal.
Now, Werdum has the chance to defeat what many believe is the man who can now lay claim to the best 265-pounder in all of MMA, in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champ, Cain Velasquez. And during his conversation with MMA Fighting, "Vai Cavalo" said he envisions himself finishing Cain just like he did Fedor.
"People will say he will not want to take me down. I'm sure he will continue fighting the same way. He won't take me down and get right back up. He will want to punch me on the ground because that is his instinct to KO his opponents and that is when I will catch him. That's how I envision the fight. I envision myself catching him like the Fedor fight. Not only with a kimura, a triangle, armbar, guillotine. Something will happen and I see this fight on the ground."
In doing so, Werdum would unify the world titles and shed the interim champion tag he earned after knocking out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 (video); a fight that went down after Cain was forced to bow out of the championship bout against "Vai Cavalo" due to an injury in training.
The question is, if Werdum manages to dethrone Cain, how long before the MMA community starts throwing his name as the best heavyweight of all time?
After all, he would have defeated arguably the two best to ever compete in the division.