Brazilian outlet Tatame.com has released an interview with Kings MMA head trainer Rafael Cordeiro. Among other comments on Wanderlei Silva, Mark Munoz and Renato Sobral, Cordeiro revealed that Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum has an open dialogue with the UFC and may appear as soon as December.
Tatame: And what about Werdum’s return? There were rumors about him signing with UFC…
Cordeiro: He’s back to the trainings, he’s making everybody laugh. He’ll probably fight in December… He’s talking to the UFC, and maybe they come up with something for December.
Rumors of Werdum returning to the Octagon began to swirl after a vague reference by MMAJunkie in their report of UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin’s recent back injury, which read as follows:
Carwin’s UFC 141 return had not been announced by the UFC, but there was some speculation he would be welcoming recent Strikeforce heavyweight back to the octagon.
On the current Strikeforce heavyweight roster, only three fighters have previously competed in the UFC: Josh Barnett, Jeff Monson and Fabricio Werdum. Barnett’s position in the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament left Werdum as the likely candidate.
The former Pride standout first emerged at UFC 70 in 2007, losing a decision to Andrei Arlovski. “Vai Cavalo” followed up with consecutive TKO wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera before suffering a vicious knockout at the hands of then-unknown Junior dos Santos, who was making his promotional debut.
Unable to find common ground with the UFC, Werdum opted to sign with Strikeforce where he notched three impressive wins over Mike Kyle via guillotine choke, Antonio Silva by decision and the earth-shattering submision of famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
Werdum’s last outing was an unflattering decision loss to Alistair Overeem in the quarterfinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament.
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