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Morning Report: Fabricio Werdum disagrees with Anderson Silva, blames lack of Brazilian titles on economics

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

"It's time for Brazil to take most of the titles back."

As a Brazilian heading into a UFC title fight, Fabricio Werdum would certainly hope to be more optimistic than his countryman, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

In 2012, four Brazilians held UFC titles with Junior dos Santos at heavyweight, Silva at middleweight, Jose Aldo at featherweight and Renan Barao at 135 pounds. In 2014, only Aldo remains.

In October, Silva reflected on the shift away from Brazil's shared dominance over the UFC's titles.

"It's natural. Brazilians forgot some things to focus more on other things. We forgot the evolution," Silva said in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "It's important. I speak for myself. In my last two fights, I should have evolved more, but I didn't follow this evolution."

Now set to face Mark Hunt for the UFC's interim heavyweight title with the withdrawal of champion Cain Velasquez, Werdum doesn't share Silva's opinion on the title landscape.

"I don't really agree with that," Werdum told FOX Sports. "Brazil, like Mexico, has some of the best fighters. There's quantity and quality. A major contributor to the reason they don't have titles is because they come from a humble background. They have to work to support their family and they cannot focus on just training."

Had Aldo not successfully defended his title to Chad Mendes Oct. 25 at UFC 179, the United States would have secured a clean sweep of the promotion's titles.

Aside from women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, each of the remaining six divisions are ruled by men with extensive amateur wrestling backgrounds.

"It's very important to me, because I represent Brazil, I represent my city," said Werdum. "I'm working for this title and I want to bring it back to Brazil. I'm sure I'm gonna get that belt."

Werdum faces Hunt Nov. 15 for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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(via r/MMA)

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Filming.

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Announced this weekend (Oct. 31- Nov. 2 2014)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via MMAtylander.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUE TO PLAGUE THE UFC HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION

Until the UFC can take advantage of days like November 15, 2014, Cain Velasquez will continue to fall short of his potential drawing power as the UFC Heavyweight Champion


It has been known for some time and for several reasons that November 15, 2014 will be remembered as an important day in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The date will mark the UFC's debut event in the long desired, potentially lucrative market of Mexico and will be held in the nation's capital, Mexico City. UFC 180 will air live from the Mexico City Arena, a building capable of accommodating more than 20,000 fans.

It is the perfect opportunity to stage a pivotal bout between Mexican American superstar Cain Velasquez and Brazilian ace Fabricio Werdum, especially since both men are coming off a stint as competing coaches on the highly rated Ultimate Fighter: Latin America reality show and the contest would also see Velasquez seeking to defend his title an unprecedented 3rd time in a row. Achieving this in front of a Mexican crowd would be monumental for Velasquez's career and would create a scenario that would allow the UFC to reap the benefits of a much needed blockbuster event and possibly kickoff a brand new boom period in another new market, something that would be a godsend to both the promotion and its fans after suffering through a disappointed 2014 plagued by various setbacks.

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