Newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum says he’s willing to play second fiddle to a highly anticipated featherweight tilt between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.
Rarely does the UFC hold two title fights on the same night. But when it does, it’s been customary to have fighters of the heavier weight class headline the card.
There have been exceptions to the rule, however. And despite being the heaviest champion of them all, Werdum doesn’t want to color himself immune to being an exception just yet.
“For sure, I would be down to fight in the co-main event,” Werdum said during a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro. “There’s a lot of expectation for this fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo, it will get a lot of attention. Heavyweights are important, of course, but a fight like this will draw more attention than a rematch with Cain Velasquez, for an example.”
Werdum submitted Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title back in June. Werdum says he’ll be ready to defend his belt by December, or February—all depending on how things fall into place with the featherweight adversaries.
He may not know who he’ll be facing in his first title defense, but considering logical contender Andre Arlovski is rumored to face off against Frank Mir at UFC 191, it wouldn’t be unfounded to believe Stipe Miocic is next in line.