When it's all said and done, current UFC Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, will go down as one of the greatest fighters of all time. But will he be the greatest big man of all time?
Not according to Fabricio Werdum, who says that despite all of “DC’s” great accomplishments — such as going undefeated at 265 pounds, winning the UFC’s Heavyweight strap, Light Heavyweight strap and even winning the Strikeforce Grand Prix — Cormier’s career will not be greater than Fedor Emelianenko’s.
“In my opinion, for sure (Cormier) is a very good fighter – two belts, different divisions – but the best fighter, in my opinion, is Fedor,” Werdum said during a recent media scrum in Montevideo, Uruguay (via MMA Junkie).
“He deserves (it). Ten years, he never lost before, and I believe Fedor continues to be the best heavyweight in the world.”
Indeed, in his prime, Fedor was considered the baddest big man on the planet, winning 27 straight fights and wreaking havoc under the now defunct PRIDE FC banner as its Heavyweight champion.
Interestingly enough, it was Werdum who snapped Fedor’s win streak, submitting him back in 2010 to hand him his first loss in a decade. That defeat began “The Last Emperor’s” streak of three straight defeats. Since then, Fedor has gone 7-2 and was most recently knocked out by Ryan Bader in the first round at Bellator 214.
As far as Cormier’s rematch against Stipe Miocic, which is set to headline UFC 241 this Saturday (Aug. 17, 2019), Werdum says it won’t end well for the former champ-champ, as he expects Miocic — who dethroned “Vai Cavalo” from the 265-pound mountain — to get his strap back.
“This fight is so hard for Cormier now,” Werdum said. “I don’t believe Cormier has the same focus as before. He’s like a Heavyweight now, for sure, but I feel like maybe a Stipe Miocic victory on points. Miocic will beat him this time I think.”
As for Werdum, he is currently on the sidelines and won’t be eligible to return to action until mid-2020 after he was handed a two-year suspension by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) for failing a drug test.