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Werdum on UFC 198 home crowd: 'Miocic will fight against 45,000 Werdums'

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Fabricio Werdum believes the pressure of the home crowd can affect Stipe Miocic in their title fight at UFC 198, on May 14.

Fabricio Werdum
Fabricio Werdum
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After fighting in the United States for many years and winning the title against Cain Velasquez in Mexico, UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is used to having the crowd against him. This time around, however, he will fight close to his hometown for the first time in his UFC career.

In fact, he'll be fighting in a soccer stadium with a capacity for over 40,000 people. As he told Portal do Vale Tudo, Stipe Miocic better watch out.

"Miocic will fight against 45,000 Werdums. It's not that hard to imagine what will happen, but the crowd will enjoy it for sure. Besides, there will be me, who is someone everyone in the crowd can relate to. There will be a lot of emotion at UFC 198."

Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic will serve as the main event of UFC 198, in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14. Middleweight contenders Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo Souza will fight in the co-main event of the evening.