Fabricio Werdum will defend his UFC heavyweight title for the first time in a rematch against Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, headlining UFC 196 in Las Vegas, and he’s looking to submit the American Kickboxing Academy product one more time.
"Vai Cavalo" dominated and tapped Velasquez to win the undisputed gold with a guillotine back in June, and predicts he’ll catch the former champion’s right arm when they meet again inside the Octagon.
"And now, just asking Cain Velasquez, be careful with the right arm, it’s my specialty," Werdum told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. "Don’t come inside my guard, please, because, hey, be careful with the right arm."
Velasquez disappointed in the first fight in Mexico City, but "Vai Cavalo", who criticize those to claim he only beat Velasquez because of the high altitude, expects his opponent to come back better prepared in Las Vegas.
"The rematch, he (will) come very strong again," he said. "I think I have more confident this time. I think he come very good, for sure, 100 percent, but I beat him again, man. I’m not (cocky), you know, I’m just confident in my training. I’m confident in Kings MMA.
"I think it’s a good rematch, for sure. It’s the big show, but I don’t go inside the cage like ‘I lost this fight’. I visualize everything. When I go inside the cage, when I fight with him, and after that, the interview with Joe Rogan, I visualize everything. I have everything in my mind."
The UFC is considered the 60,000-seat Arena da Baixada soccer stadium in Curitiba, Brazil, as the venue for Werdum-Velasquez 2 in March, but ended up announcing it for February. However, UFC's original plans were booking the rematch for last September.
"The guys wanted me to fight in September, but it’s very important for the champion to enjoy this moment," Werdum said. "It’s okay, I fight in December, February, it doesn’t matter to me, but I started my camp now, I’m here in front of Kings MMA now, waiting for the start of the training.
"But when the UFC said ‘Werdum, do you want to fight in September?’, I said ‘September? No, no, no, no, I don’t wanna fight in September’. You know, I wanna enjoy this moment with my family, my team, with my fans. February or March is good for me, no problem. I like that, any time."