Fabricio Werdum’s had to make the trip to Cain Velasquez’s family’s homeland twice now. The first time he faced a replacement fighter in Mark Hunt to become the UFC’s interim heavyweight champion. The second, he dethroned Mexico’s main man to become the undisputed titleholder.
But now it’s his turn to fight in front of thousands of his screaming countrymen, Werdum told MMAFighting. The champion originally wanted the fight to happen at a soccer stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“I wanted it to take place in Porto Alegre, but Gremio’s soccer stadium doesn’t have a roof,” Werdum said. “There’s a soccer stadium in Curitiba with a retractable roof, so it’s probably going to be there. This fight will happen in a soccer stadium because a lot of people are waiting for this.”
Werdum says the title rematch will take place in March where, if all goes well in securing Curitiba’s Arena de Baixada, “Vai Cavalo” will look to defend his UFC heavyweight championship in front of as many as 42,000 Brazilian fight fans.
The news falls in line with what former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva mentioned last week, saying the UFC was looking to schedule him on on Werdum’s card in, you guessed it, Silva’s hometown of Curitiba.