Last week it was UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva who stepped up to fill in on short notice to help save an event in need of a headlining tilt. This week it appears his fellow Brazilian, Fabricio Werdum, is willing to do the same if Zuffa comes calling.
The UFC heavyweight recently reached out on Facebook to let the public know he was open to taking the place of Frank Mir in a November 3 Strikeforce match-up with Daniel Cormier. Mir was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
“Everyone knows how hard I’ve worked to return to the UFC, and I’m sure I’ll be ready for any fight that proves me to dispute the belt, my main goal,” wrote Werdum on the social networking site. “I will always be available to the event to help meet any shortage.”
Werdum is no doubt familiar with the unbeaten Cormier from their time together in Strikeforce. The 35-year old submission specialist was one of the original members of the Grand Prix field Cormier ultimately came out on top in, though he was outpointed by Alistair Overeem in the semifinal round and then scooped up by the UFC. He has won both of his fights in the Octagon since, beating Roy Nelson by decision and Mike Russow via knockout.
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