Cain Velasquez’s coach is spicing things up ahead of a UFC 188 fight with Fabricio Werdum, and the Brazilian has fired back.
American Kickboxing Academy head coach and owner Javier Mendez says that Velasquez "wants to make a statement" and "destroy" the interim champion, putting on "a worse beating than (Junior) dos Santos" on June 13 in Mexico City.
Werdum laughed at Mendez’s comments.
"Velasquez’s coach usually doesn’t talk too much, I don’t see him talking before the fights, and you can see that his athlete isn’t well," Werdum told MMAFighting.com. "Cain hasn’t fought in two years, so he wants to put him back up by talking. If he really is the champion’s coach, he doesn’t need to talk."
Werdum was initially slated to face Velasquez for the UFC gold in November, but the heavyweight champion pulled out with an injury. Werdum then fought Mark Hunt for the interim title and won via second-round knockout.
For UFC 188, Werdum suggests a different "superfight".
"If he wants, book a fight between him and Rafael Cordeiro," Werdum said. "If he really wants to talk, fight my master Rafael. I believe the fight would end with (Cordeiro) landing a front kick in his body. Rafael usually does that. The fight would be over with (Mendez) going down. Knockout, kick in the stomach."