Fabricio Werdum suffered his first in almost six years at UFC 198 on May 14th at the hands of Stipe Miocic, losing the UFC heavyweight title in the process.
Much to his credit, Werdum has taken the loss like a true champion and has made no excuses in the aftermath. But that doesn’t mean he wants to allow Miocic to enjoy the feel of the belt for very long.
“He beat me, for sure. 100%,” Werdum said in his Fox Sports post-fight interview.
“I say congratulations for him but I think the best way is the rematch, because I have six victories straight (prior to loss).”
Though fans didn’t get to see much from either fighter as the contest only lasted two minutes and 47 seconds, the former champ still seemed uncharacteristically sloppy and aggressive. Should he be granted a rematch, he already knows this is something he should look to rectify as he remains confident that his technique is superior to Miocic’s.
“Just a little bit more calm. I have five rounds to beat him,” Werdum said. “Tonight he beat me, he’s the best tonight. But I think I’m more complete (as a fighter).”
The UFC’s landmark UFC 200 event is now less than two month’s away, and Fabricio is calling to be added to the show against Miocic in a quick turnaround.
“The athletic commission gave me, I think, 30 days off. After 30 days I’m waiting for UFC 200, maybe. I think this is a good rematch there.”
UFC 200 is set to take place July 9th in Las Vegas. However, it is highly unlikely the promotion will add yet another big title fight to the card as there are three (Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2, Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes and Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 2) already scheduled for the event.