Fabricio Werdum punched his ticket when he utterly dominated Travis Browne at UFC on Fox 11 to earn not only a title shot against UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, but also a stint coaching the first-ever Spanish-language season of The Ultimate Fighter.
He spoke to Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting about his game plan for the biggest fight of his life.
"He has a good stand up, a complicated game with boxing, muay thai and wrestling," Werdum said. "He hits hard and has good takedowns. It's hard to stop a fighter like that. My physical condition is going to be really important in this fight.
"I will move a lot and avoid the clinch close to the fence. If he takes me down, I have to go for submissions with armbars, triangles and omoplatas or sweep him. A sweep would be important because we never saw how Velasquez fights with his back on the ground. He would have two options, give his back while trying to get back up or work his guard. Anything can happen, but we are still thinking about the strategy.
"I believe he will try to do what he usually does," Werdum continued. "He will move forward and put me close to the fence and take me down to get on top. I don't know if he will try to do some ground and pound or just score points and get back up.
"He's really good, but I will do my best to break his game. I will get there with the right strategy to win, but I would love to get the knockout or a submission."
UFC 180: Velasquez vs. Werdum will take place in Mexico City, Mexico on April 15.