It started off with a simple statement from Brendan Schaub, and has blossomed into something more. It's well known that Fabricio Werdum is looking to return to the UFC and he's apparently willing to grasp at any olive branch that might lead him there, no matter how small. After Schaub said Werdum would be an interesting opponent in an interview last week, Werdum responded on twitter today with a challenge:
The fact that he included 67 other people in the tweet is a major indication that he's looking for some validation here. And sure enough, it didn't take long for The Hybrid to respond, on MMA Weekly Radio:
"It’s nothing disrespectful in any way. I think Werdum is No. 5 in the world in some rankings, an absolute nightmare, and man he got word of that and I woke up this morning to about 10 missed calls and 20 text messages and my Twitter is just blowing up with Werdum saying he’s ready for me anytime," Schaub commented.
He's not about to back down though:
"Let’s do this. Tell me where to sign," Schaub said addressing Werdum directly. "I’m always ready. You never have to get ready if you’re always ready. A big card would be that Super Bowl card early February, something to think about.
"Tell me where to sign."
There were rumors he was going to face Shane Carwin at UFC 141 before Carwin pulled out, though some inside sources have shot that down. Would Schaub be an appropriate opponent for Werdum's return to the UFC?