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Werdum: I’m next for Stipe Miocic, I will be champion again

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UFC 198 Weigh-ins Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Nothing personal, just business.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight kingpin, Fabricio Werdum, is a fan of current division titleholder Stipe Miocic, who does his talking inside the cage and carries himself like a champion when he’s not fighting.

But Chicken Rat “Vai Cavalo” plans to beat his ass anyway.

That’s a very real possibility when you consider what’s doing in the promotion’s official rankings (see them here), which could leave very few roadblocks for the 40-year-old Brazilian’s much-desired rematch.

“The UFC said nothing yet, but I think I’m the next one,” Werdum told reporters at UFC 220 (via MMA Junkie). “I deserve this. 100 percent, I will be a champion this year again. I know Stipe Miocic. I respect him. I like him. He doesn’t say nothing like bad things. He’s a nice guy, for sure. But, 100 percent: When I fought him before, I lost (to) myself. I lost (to) me.”

Sure beats that Covington rematch.

Miocic (18-2) captured the crown by smashing Werdum at UFC 198 back in May 2016. He went on to defend his title a record three straight times, including last weekend’s unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 in Boston (watch it).

Werdum (23-7-1), meanwhile, put together a 3-1 record across that same span, recently scoring back-to-back wins over Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura. As of now, the promotion has made no plans for Miocic-Werdum 2, but it’s a fight that makes sense.

Unless this guy spoils the party.