Although the UFC is looking at Andrei Arlovski or Stipe Miocic for Fabricio Werdum’s next opponent, the latter’s coach clearly wouldn’t be upset if they go with Cain Velasquez.
Following Werdum’s impressive, submission win over Velasquez earlier this month, there hasn’t been much talk really, about handing the now former champ an immediate rematch. Werdum took out the renowned heavyweight with a third round, guillotine choke, and prior to that, he had been outstriking Velasquez by a clear margin. In addition, UFC boss man Dana White has said that either Arlovski or Miocic would likely be next for a title shot.
Well, recently Werdum’s coach, the highly regarded Rafael Cordeiro, appeared on “The MMA Hour”. While discussing who should be next for Werdum, Cordeiro had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s hard to say names,” Cordeiro said. “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 it’s 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.”
There’s likely a lot of people who agree with Cordeiro on this, since Velasquez was riding a four fight winning streak heading into the bout, and had lost only once (to Junior dos Santos in 2011).
But, at the end of the day, the UFC is about making money, and you have to wonder how an immediate rematch would sell? Sure, lots of people would like to see it, but the fight will be much, much bigger, if Werdum defends the belt, and Velasquez takes out another top contender in the interim.
Cordeiro also relayed in the interview that Werdum has a “couple of injuries” and that the champ’s knee is “hurt”. So it could be a little while before “Vai Cavalho” fights again.