If beating Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 last Saturday night (June 13, 2015) wasn't enough to prove that Fabricio Werdum deserves to be the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, then perhaps defeating the former champ nine more times will help convince people that "Vai Cavalo" is the real deal.
Something Rafael Cordeiro, Werdum's head trainer, is confident he can do, dismissing the idea that Mexico City's thin air deserves as much credit as his student.
Cordeiro elaborates to MMA Fighting:
"Werdum fights Cain Velasquez 10 times, he wins 10 times. I think people should stop finding explanations for results. If you lost, you lost, go back to the gym and train. It's a sport. Got a bad result? Train harder. The altitude was the same for everyone. The fight was announced and everybody knew they would have to deal with altitude, so go there one month earlier. But even if you go there one month before, that's not a guarantee that you're going to win. You have to be prepared to fight. We always believed in Werdum, and he proved he's the best fighter on the planet."
To his credit, Velasquez isn't making any excuses.
With that in mind, an immediate rematch is probably not even in consideration, though it's not too far-fetched to believe Cain and Fabricio will meet a few more times inside the Octagon before all is said and done.
Of course, it's no guarantee the title will be on the line, as Werdum has a steady line of challengers waiting and capable of dethroning him at any given moment (the line starts here).
If and when they do cross paths again, the safe bet is to put your money on "Vai Cavalo," according to his coach.