Fabricio Werdum has been holding out for his promised title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but has finally relented and says he will likely face Travis Browne in a headlining bout, likely in March.
While the UFC has yet to confirm Werdum vs. Browne, it’s a fight that UFC president Dana White has publicly stated that he would like Werdum to take while Velasquez is expected to be on the mend for several months.
“We saw what happened with guys like Rashad [Evans] and other people, when you sit around and wait,” White explained. “[Velasquez] could get hurt again and you could be out two years or whatever. It just makes no sense.
“I think [Werdum] understood where we were on that thing and we wanted him to fight.”
Werdum did understand. He thought about it a bit, and discussed it with his camp, eventually deciding it would be best to stay in front of the fans and take the fight with Browne.
“I had a meeting with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta and told them I wanted to wait, but then I thought about it and saw that I would need to wait too much before my next fight. You don’t remember what you don’t see,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com.
“We don’t have a date 100-percent confirmed yet,” he continued. “But I believe it's going to be in March. I already know that it’s going to be a main event, so it's a five-round fight.”
The UFC hasn’t announced the fight yet, and already has three events slated for March, all three already having headlining bouts named. With Werdum headlining, however, it wouldn’t be surprising if the promotion adds a UFC Fight Night event to the schedule for late March or early April.