As reported earlier today, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is on the shelf for a while after undergoing the second shoulder surgery of his career. Fabricio Werdum was slated to face him and stated that he'd prefer to wait for the chance to fight for the title. UFC president Dana White appears to have other ideas.
"I met with (Fabricio) Werdum yesterday or the day before - he's going to fight the winner of Travis Browne and Josh Barnett," UFC president Dana White told FOX Sports on Thursday. "Waiting is ridiculous."
"I'm not interested in him waiting, he's going to fight. Because it gets to a point where it's been so long since he fought nobody gives a s—t. You start to disappear and nobody cares and they start talking about other heavyweights and it's like 'why is this guy getting a shot when he hasn't even fought?' so we're going to push him to fight."
Dana does bring up a decent point in Werdum's lack of activity. Prior to his UFC on Fuel TV 10 submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, he was off for about a year because of TUF: Brazil 2. If he waits for Cain to recover, he'll go another year and a half without a fight. However, coming out of the same meeting Werdum and White left with very different conclusions on the discussion. Obviously, details need to be cleared up.
Josh Barnett re-debuted in the UFC with a TKO win over Frank Mir at UFC 164. At UFC 168 he'll meet Travis Browne who's coming off a KO win over Alistair Overeem. They'll fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV where Chris Weidman will try to retain the Middleweight title against challenger Anderson Silva.