Fabricio Werdum: Odd Man Out
The 2008 UFC final four has officially been set, sort of. The UFC no longer has tournament formats but this is about as close as one might ever come to fruition.
With UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture (16 - 8) recently signing on the dotted line to fight Brock Lesnar (2 - 1) at UFC 91, and interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31 - 5 - 1) previously signed on to fight Frank Mir (11 - 3) at UFC 92, a fearsome foursome has indeed been set.
The winner of the Couture/Lesnar fight will be declared the UFC heavyweight champion and take on the Nogueira/Mir winner some time in early 2009 to unify the two belts.
These two mega matchups are great for MMA fans and media, and most importantly, for the bottom line of the UFC.
The matchups are not so great, however, if your name is Fabricio Werdum (11 - 3 - 1) and you have been officially left out of the fray.
On paper, Werdum is actually more deserving of the title shot against Couture than Lesnar. After all, Werdum is coming off back to back impressive TKO victories over top flight heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera at UFC 80 and UFC 85, respectively.
He has shown increasing strong striking skills in those two fights that is undoubtedly a direct result of his training at Chute Boxe.
Couple his newfound level of striking with his world class ground game and he is a chore for anyone in the heavyweight division.
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