Fabricio Werdum: Fight with Travis Browne was initially planned for Brazil

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Mauricio Rua and Dan Hendeson will headline UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil, on March 23. However, that wasn’t UFC’s original plan for the fight card.

Fabricio Werdum, who faces off Travis Browne in a number one contender match-up at UFC on FOX 11, revealed he was offered to fight "Hapa" in Natal, but asked to change the bout to the United States.

"I got an offer to fight in Brazil on March 23, but for some reason, I asked to fight in the United States," Werdum stated in a release. "The birth of Joana is one of the reasons, and I’m really anxious. (Fighting) here, I can be closer to home. I will stay away from home for a few days before the fight, but the trip is faster."

The birth of his second daughter, in fact, isn’t the only reason why "Vai Cavalo" wanted to stay away from UFC Fight Night 38 card. Werdum, who fought Rodrigo Nogueira in Brazil last June, tried to avoid the abusive taxes in his homeland.

"We lose 28 percent (of the money), and we never get it back," he said. "I can’t afford to lose this money. It’s Joana’s money, and no one will take it away from her [laughs]."

UFC is yet to announce if Werdum vs. Browne will headline the UFC on FOX 11 card at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on April 19, but the Brazilian said it will be a five-round fight, indicating it will in fact, be the main event.

"Browne is explosive, but we’ll do a five-round fight and that’s an advantage for me because I know his cardio is not good," he said. "I want to knock him out or submit him, but I’ll be ready for five rounds if needed."

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