UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum has signed a new, five-fight contract with the UFC and will take on UFC newcomer Junior “Cigano” dos Santos at UFC 90 on October 25th in Chicago, according to Tatame.
According to Werdum, the new contract stipulates that he will receive a heavyweight title shot if he is victorious in his next bout.
“Itâ€™s my last fight under the old contract and, with a victory, my first new contractâ€™s fight will be for the title,” Werdum told Tatame. “I deserve that, Iâ€™m training hard for that, I wanna be UFC heavyweight champion. A final against Minotauro would be like a dream, it would be great for me, because I fought against him at Pride and it was a great fight, he deserved the victory, and I wanna say that fighting for the belt against Minotauro, probably on March.”
Werdum (11-3-1) disappointed in his UFC debut, losing a unanimous decision to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 70 in early-2007. He bounced back from the debut loss with back-to-back TKO victories over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 80 and Brandon Vera at UFC 85 in June. A veteran of PRIDE, Werdum posted victories in the organization over Alistair Overeem and Aleksander Emelianenko and dropped a unanimous decision to current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Dos Santos (6-1) has not had a fight go past the first round, defeating all but one of his opponents via TKO or submission in the opening frame. His lone loss was a fight-round armbar submission to Joaquim Ferreira last November. In his latest fight “Cigano” defeated Geronimo Mondragon via technical knockout due to a cut in May.