With one fight remaining on his current contract, heavyweight title contender Fabricio Werdum has revealed to the Brazilian website Tatame that he has already signed a five-fight contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Werdum, a former PRIDE standout, is 2-1 since entering the UFC and is expected to complete his current four-fight contract at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 in Chicago. A deal for his next opponent has not be finalized but Werdum gave indications that he could fight the debuting Junior Cigano.
With a win at UFC 90, Werdum gives a strong indication that the first fight on his contract would likely be for the UFC heavyweight title. Interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir are expected to be fighting on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas and Werdum would be in line to face the winner if he can improve his UFC record to 3-1.
The also gives the impression that Werdum is pulling for Nogueira to win so that the two can have a rematch from their 2006 encounter in PRIDE in which Werdum lost to Nogueira via a unanimous decision.