Last week, UFC president Dana White delivered a blow to the heavyweight division by claiming that newly minted champ Fabricio Werdum didn't want to fight until March, 2016. Werdum's management, however, refuted White's claim on UFC Tonight by stating the Brazilian wants to defend his title in December or January, per MMAFighting.
"Unfortunately, this heavyweight division is tied up right now," White said at the UFC 191 post-fight press conference. "This fight won't happen probably until March, the next heavyweight [title] defense. So we'll see how this thing plays out, and we'll go from there."
The Kings MMA fighter beat Cain Velasquez via guillotine choke at UFC 188 in June and said that he wanted some time off from competing. It comes as no surprise that the jiu-jitsu specialist now wants to return for the stacked December lineup.
The UFC have four events scheduled for the month, including the highly anticipated Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor featherweight unification bout at UFC 194. Rafael dos Anjos will also defend his lightweight title against former opponent Donald Cerrone the following week at UFC on FOX 17.
Fabricio Werdum will face Cain Velasquez in a rematch for his first title defense. Werdum battered the Mexican-American at UFC 188 but many feel as though the high-altitude of Mexico City was detrimental to Velasquez's performance.