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Fabricio Werdum on Luke Rockhold's callout: 'Why would I fight a chicken?'

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It looks like the rivalry between former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum and Luke Rockhold won’t be settled inside the Octagon.

Rockhold, an ex-middleweight champion, called out the 240-pound Brazilian following his comments on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he’d move up to heavyweight to squash his beef with Werdum.

“Everyone’s steaming over this new fight I brought up,” Rockhold said Wednesday night on UFC Tonight. "I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup.

“Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Werdum, who bounced back into the win column with a win over Travis Browne after losing the UFC heavyweight championship to Stipe Miocic, recently had another fight canceled when Ben Rothwell got flagged for a potential USADA violation. He surely doesn’t like Rockhold, but is looking for bigger competition as he moves closer to another shot at the heavyweight championship.

"I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMA Fighting after Rockhold’s comments. "He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?"