Fabricio Werdum Doesn’t Feel Mark Hunt is an Easier Fight Than Cain Velasquez
The MMA world was rocked yesterday with the news that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a knee injury, and was forced out of his UFC 180 title fight against Fabricio Werdum. It didn’t take the UFC long to fill the void, by inserting heavy-hitter Mark Hunt into the slot to face Werdum, a fight that will be for the UFC heavyweight interim title.
The Brazilian heavyweight and world-renowned jiu jitsu specialist spoke to MMA Fighting about the change of opponent, and claimed that Mark Hunt isin’t exactly an easier fight than the champion Cain Velasquez.
Here’s what Werdum had to say:
“I watch Mark Hunt fight for a long time, since his K-1 days. He’s a nice guy. He tries to knock you out all the time. That’s his style. He doesn’t have a great ground game, but he’s good defensively. I will have to change my strategy, but I will stay focused on winning that title on November 15th.”
“I know it’s not an easy fight. Mark Hunt has a huge knockout power, but I will do my best to avoid that. I envision this fight like my fight with Roy Nelson. I will do the right thing to win the title.
“He’s a heavy guy and has a great chin. I have to be careful. I can’t say he’s an easier opponent than Cain Velasquez. There’s no easy fight in the UFC. Anyone can beat you. Everybody knows Mark Hunt’s punching power. I think my only advantage in this fight is that I’m training for a long time for it.”
Fabricio Werdum has been undefeated since re-joining the UFC back at UFC 143. Werdum has defeated Roy Nelson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and put on a clinic against his last opponent, Travis Browne, back at UFC on FOX 11.
Fabricio Werdum is also viewed as the first man to legitimately defeat MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, something he accomplished in Strikeforce back in 2010.
Mark Hunt’s path to this fight is an amazing story. The UFC wanted to buy out his contact when they acquired PRIDE FC, but Hunt was adamant on fighting for the UFC, and made his Octagon debut at UFC 119 against Sean McCorkle.
The fight didn’t go well, as Hunt was submitted in just over one minute into the fight. Since then, he’s gone 5-1-1 in the Octagon, with the one loss coming at the hands of Junior dos Santos, and the draw being a classic fight with Antonio Silva.
But Hunt’s biggest win of his UFC career came recently in the form of a knockout victory over Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 52, in Japan.
UFC 180 takes place on November 15th, 2014 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.