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Fabricio Werdum Not Ready for Title Shot

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
October 28th, 2008

Before his UFC 90 upset to upstart Junior dos Santos, many felt that Fabricio Werdum was the number one contender to Randy Couture/Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s UFC heavyweight title. All of those feelings went straight out the window when Werdum suffered a devastating loss to dos Santos.

It only took a relatively unknown heavyweight 80 seconds to dispatch of the more experienced Werdum and that definitely puts a damper into his UFC title hopes.

Although he does own wins over both Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga, both are tainted. Vera was rusty and is undersized for a heavyweight, while Gonzaga was a shell of the fighter that challenged UFC Heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 74.

To put things into perspective, Werdum’s loss to dos Santos on Saturday was a bigger upset than the Matt Serra vs. Georges St-Pierre fight at UFC 69, but that was for a title.

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