Fabricio Werdum just defeated the man who was the consensus best heavyweight on the planet, but his coach clearly doesn’t believe folks are giving “Vai Cavalho” enough props.
As you know, Werdum out struck Cain Velasquez at UFC 188, before sinking in a championship winning guillotine choke in round three. While it was just the latest in a series of impressive performances for Werdum, many observers have questioned whether he beat Velasquez at his best. After all, the now former champ hadn’t fought since October, 2013, and then there was all the debate about whether Velasquez prepared properly for the fight.
Werdum headed to Mexico well in advance of the bout, as a way to acclimate to the region’s altitude. Velasquez, on the other hand, didn’t leave California for Mexico City until two weeks prior. Following the loss, he credited Werdum for his performance, but also conceded that maybe he should have headed there earlier. So, while a lot of people are finally waking up to the reality that Werdum is a very, very, very talented fighter, not everyone is sold that he is indeed, the sport’s best heavyweight.
Well, Werdum’s coach, the renowned Rafael Cordeiro, recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about the fighter’s memorable win. While discussing all the talk about the altitude, and the ongoing debate about Werdum, Cordeiro relayed the following:
“Werdum fights Cain Velasquez 10 times, he wins 10 times,” Cordeiro said. “I think people should stop finding explanations for results. If you lost, you lost, go back to the gym and train. It’s a sport. Got a bad result? Train harder. The altitude was the same for everyone.
“The fight was announced and everybody knew they would have to deal with altitude, so go there one month earlier. But even if you go there one month before, that’s now a guarantee that you’re going to win. You have to be prepared to fight. We always believed in Werdum, and today he proved he’s the best fighter on the planet.”
Of course, saying Werdum would beat Velasquez every time they fight might be a wee bit hyperbolic, but Cordeiro is right. Everyone understood that fighting in Mexico City presents challenges, in terms of the altitude and conditioning, and Werdum did what it took to make the adjustment. In addition, fights aren’t won on cardio alone, like Cordeiro noted, and Werdum demonstrated once again that he’s far, far removed from being just a submission machine.