Long-time heavyweight competitor Fabricio Werdum is less than two weeks away from potentially earning a coveted title shot in the UFC. The highly accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor is scheduled to face another surging heavyweight, Travis Browne, in the main event of UFC on FOX 11.
Werdum is aware of the tough task ahead of him, but made his opinion clear regarding his opponent's ground skills, saying that he simply "doesn't have it on the ground."
"Everybody knows that he doesn't have it on the ground," Werdum told FOX Sports. "He goes on the ground, he tries to stand up. He doesn't have confidence."
While Werdum has achieved much in his MMA career, including ending the legendary winning streak of Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, he has never managed to win a world title in any of the major organizations he has participated in. Although he still has to get by another obstacle in Browne, he is looking forward to challenging Velasquez somewhere down the line.
The Brazilian heavyweight also believes he is a perfect match for Cain, as his world-class jiu-jitsu will likely cause trouble for the wresting-oriented Velasquez.
"[Velasquez] knows when he takes down me, it's just starting the fight on the ground. [Fighting Browne] is much better for him for sure."
Werdum is a two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, a two-time ADCC World Heavyweight Champion and European jiu-jitsu champion, yet has made it clear that submission will not be his only path to victory. He showed his evolved Muay Thai striking against Roy Nelson at UFC 143, and again in a TKO win over Mike Russow at UFC 147.
"I'm confident in my standup, too. I'm not just a jiu-jitsu guy. I'm a complete fighter now. I have the best coach in the world in Rafael Cordeiro. He showed me a lot of tricks."
Considering Werdum is 36 years old, his time in the sport is running out. He admits that if he defeats Velasquez, he will likely defend the title two or three times and then retire from the sport.
The long-time heavyweight competitor intends to spend his post-fighting career as a television commentator and analyst for the organization. Werdum, who speaks Spanish as well as Portuguese, does the UFC's Spanish-speaking broadcasts and co-hosts "UFC Now" in South America.
UFC on FOX 11 takes place April 19 at the Amway Center, Orlando, Florida.