2 big wins in Mexico City taught Fabricio Werdum a lesson that the heavyweight champ is utilizing in advance of Saturday s UFC 198 headliner.
Werdum protected a title shot with a TKO win over Mark Hunt at UFC 180 in Mexico City, and 7 months later, he returned to the exact same city for a title win over then-champ Cain Velasquez at UFC 188.
Ahead of this weekend’s UFC 198 event, where Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) wants to safeguard his title for the first time when he fulfills challenger Stipe Miocic (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), the champ did similar pre-fight prep, namely appearing early to obtain accustomed to his regional surroundings.
I arrived in Brazil two weeks ahead so I could adapt well to the weather condition, he told MMAjunkie. I’m 100 percent for this battle. It’s a battle that will make history here in Brazil. Find out the best fight of Micah Terrill MMA.
UFC 198 occurs Saturday at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. At 3,000 feet above sea level, Curitiba doesn’t have quite the altitude of Mexico City, which is near 7,500 feet. Still, Werdum didn’t want to take any chances.
I’ve been training with Rafael Cordeiro, and Rubens Cobrinha Charles for jiu-jitsu, he stated. I did my whole camp in the United States and the last 2 weeks in Brazil.
Talk of a battle between UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr is absolutely nothing more than a publicity stunt, according to Nate Diaz.
" I hear all that Mayweather McGregor s ** t and I seem like that’s all a big old publicity stunt to hide the fact that he got his ass whooped," he said during a surprise look on The MMA Hour.
" Hello Cleveland! After bringing his hometown its very first major professional sports championship in 52 years, Stipe Miocic will defend his UFC heavyweight title for the first time at home on Saturday, September 10, when he deals with No. 3-ranked competitor Alistair Overeem at the Quicken Loans Arena," a UFC statement read.
" The bout marks the UFC's very first check out to Cleveland, and its first occasion in Ohio since UFC 96, which was held in Columbus in March of 2009."
And lastly, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza has actually tipped Luke Rockhold to effectively defend his middleweight title against Michael Bisping.
" Rockhold keeps the title. He has a good win over Bisping, and I think he will keep the belt," the Brazilian stated during a look on The MMA Hour.
Jake Collier s spinning back kick win over Alberto Uda at UFC Fight Night 88 might have caught some eyes, but a single person that didn’t seem that impressed was Collier himself.
Pleased, however sad with the sluggish start that led to a busted nose in the first round, the middleweight was critical of his own performance after the battle. (He didn’t understand yet that he would be a $50,000 bonus offer winner for Performance of the Night.).
It’s a little bittersweet, Collier stated. We’re in the UFC you constantly desire to win.
I’ve got to get that fixed, because realistically, I need to have been way better. This should never ever have happened. I work too hard with my fumbling coaches and my individuals. We drilled specifically for this to not occur. And I let it take place. Grateful I won, but there is a great deal of things I need to deal with.
With the win over newbie Uda (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Collier (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) bounced back from a TKO loss to Dongi Yang at UFC Fight Night 79. The middleweight scrap was included on the initial card of UFC Fight Night 88, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following earlier prelims on UFC Fight Pass.