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Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow Scheduled for UFC’s Return to Brazil

Fabricio WerdumThe trend of heavyweight matchups continues, as yet another matchup has been put together, with Fabricio Werdum expected to take on Mike Russow at the UFC’s next event in Brazil. The event, which is likely going to be UFC 147, is expected to take place at a yet-to-be announced venue in Sao Paulo. The matchup was first announced by

Werdum (15-5-1) was successful in his return to the UFC, defeating Roy Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 143 in February. Werdum also fought in the UFC in 2007-2008, going 2-2 in four fights. He then moved on to Strikeforce, where he earned the biggest win of his career, defeating Fedor Emelianenko. After losing to Alistair Overeem in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Werdum signed with the UFC. This will be his first fight in Brazil since 2004, before he began fighting for Pride in Japan.

Russow (15-1-1) is fellow Pride veteran. His one career loss actually took place in his one career fight in Pride, where he lost to Sergei Kharitonov. Since joining the UFC in August 2009, Russow is 4-0, with wins over Todd Duffee and John-Olav Einemo, amongst others. He scored the biggest win of his career with the win over Einemo, a unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 2 in January. This will be the first year he has fought under the UFC banner twice in one year, as he as averaged just one fight over the last three years.

The event, which is expected to take place on June 16th, is expected to be headlined by the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. It will also feature another rematch, a matchup between the two head coaches of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil- Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.

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