UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum has been recently called out by two separate fighters camps and is open to both fights.
After his victory over Stipe Miocic, Stefan Struve said he would like to face Werdum next and Daniel Cormier’s trainer Javier Mendez said yesterday he would like his fighter to face Werdum.
Werdum (16-5-1) is currently on a two fight winning streak and his only defeat in his last six fights came against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
He is open to take on either fighter and wants to take a fight that will get him closer to a title shot.
“I like when the guy talks about me, which is very good,” Werdum said. “I want to fight Cormier or Stefan. I never say I would like to fight this guy or the other guy. This is very good for me. I have two victories in the UFC against Roy Nelson and Mike Russow. I think one more fight and then the title shot.”
The fight that makes the most sense for Werdum would be against Cormier, since a win over him would put him in title contention. Another potential opponent for him would be Overeem. The two have faced each other twice already with both fighters winning one fight.
Overeem is eligible to come off suspension with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on December 27th and will likely return at the beginning of 2013. If Werdum wants to return before then, he could take on Cormier at the Strikeforce show scheduled for November 3rd in Oklahoma City.
Cormier was scheduled to take on Frank Mir, but the former UFC heavyweight champion recently pulled out of the fight with an injury. Strikeforce officials have not announced a new opponent for Cormier or if the fight card could be canceled because of the various injuries that have hit the card.
If the card does take place and Cormier remains in the main event, Werdum would be an ideal candidate to take on the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner.