Looks like newly minted champ Fabricio Werdum is open to to giving Cain Velasquez a rematch in Las-Vegas to prove he is indeed the best fighter.
When a fight ends in controversial fashion in mixed martial arts (MMA), usually instant rematch take place, however that wasn’t the case when Fabricio Werdum submitted Cain Velasquez in the third round headliner of UFC 188 in Mexico to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Fabricio’s head trainer, Rafael Cordeiro however feels Cain deserves to get his title back against Werdum based on what the former ruler of the 265-pound roost did during his reign as champion.
“It’s hard to say names,” Cordeiro who strongly believes that Velasquez deserves an immediate rematch told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting ).
“I believe Cain deserves a rematch because of his history as a champion. He was great. He did things in the heavyweight division nobody did, and Fabricio will start building his history in the heavyweight division.
“But if somebody has to fight, I believe its Cain. He deserves [it]. I’m okay with the rematch, no problem. For everything he did in the heavyweight division, I believe he deserves a rematch.”
Following his upset win over Cain, Werdum himself declared that he’d gladly give Cain a do-over in Las Vegas, Nevada. That way, he can establish the fact that he is in fact the best fighter with or without, sucking in the thin aur Mexico has to offer, SB Nation noted.
To relax after his win, Werdum traveled to Cancun with his family, and plus, he has to heal some injuries before stepping in the Octagon again, Cordeiro revealed.
“He has a couple injuries now. He got a six-month suspension,” Cordeiro said. “Now he’s in Cancun with his wife and daughters, I believe next week he will be back.”
“As soon as he’s back, we will know how long he wants to stay out. He has a couple injuries. His knee is hurt, so we have to know now.”
Pleased with the performance of his star student in Mexico City, Cordeiro responded to those who claim he was only able to dominate Cain as a result of the altitude.
“I believe for sure Cain felt a little bit the air, the altitude, but at the same time Fabricio was prepared for everything and he proved in the fight how hard he worked his stand-up, and I believe his stand-up made the difference, more than the altitude,” he noted.
“Fabricio beat Travis and people say ‘Travis is no good at all.’ Fabricio beat Mark Hunt, ‘Oh, Mark Hunt is so-so.’ We beat ‘Minotauro,’ ‘Oh, Minotauro is old now’. You know, people try to find excuses all the time. When we lose here (at Kings MMA), we work hard to change the result for the next fight. I think everybody has to do this.
Cordeiro accepted that fighting in Mexico City is not facile, and felt like he was about to die when he fought with Werdum in training.
“It’s really hard to train there,” he said. “I hold mitts for Fabricio, I spar with him, and I almost die. But sometimes, people have to know what to do inside the camp. The first fight, when Fabricio fought against Mark Hunt, we went there for two months. This time, we went there for 35 days.
Fabricio got in shape two weeks before the fight. Two weeks just to adapt to the altitude. After that, it was just about the technique, and it was hard.”