White broke the news to UFC commentator Joe Rogan in an interview moments after Velasquez beat up Junior dos Santos in their title fight at UFC 166 in Houston.
“We'll probably do Werdum,” White said. “It probably makes the most sense. His whole game has improved. He's a big, strong, tough, durable guy. His striking has improved.”
While dos Santos on Saturday night showed that he has improved his wrestling game, Velasquez was never really tested on the ground, which is likely to be completely different when he faces Werdum.
“He's going to want to take it to the ground,” White said of Werdum. “It makes this fight really interesting. Stylistically, we will see who has the better stand-up, and if it goes to the ground, I think for the first time that is a dangerous, dangerous fight for Velasquez.”
White didn't reveal a timeline for the fight, but it is likely to happen as soon as Velasquez is ready to go again.
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