Basking in the glory of his first taste of sweet UFC gold, interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum received a push notification on his phone. Werdum put down the key to Mexico City given to him by the mayor of Mexico City to check his phone. Oh look the UFC’s YouTube page uploaded another free fight to their channel, Werdum loves when they do that. Junior dos Santos vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90 is now available for the internet to see.
A lesser man would have changed the notification settings on his phone and tried to bite the key to the city out of anger (and to see if it’s made of chocolate), if the lowest moment of their professional career was uploaded for all to see. Now at the top of the UFC’s heavyweight mountain, Werdum will likely find motivation from re-watching his fight with JDS at UFC 90. Championship athletes are just wired differently than your average YouTube commentator.
After JDS became the first human being to make Werdum take a mid-fight gaze at the ceiling lights, “Vai Cavalo” fell to 2-2 in the UFC and was unceremoniously cut from the promotion. With an 8-1 mark since UFC 90, Werdum is a better and more well-rounded fighter than the man who was defeated by an unknown at the time JDS.
If Cain Velasquez is still on the shelf for most of 2015 and JDS is able stack back to back wins together then maybe Werdum will add another brick on his road to redemption. Werdum vs. Dos Santos II headlining a UFC card near you, tag line “this time it’s personal”.