Report: Fabricio Werdum vs. Ben Rothwell targeted for UFC 211
A heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Ben Rothwell is expected to go down at UFC 211.
According to a report from Brazilian media outlet Combate, a heavyweight fight between former champion Fabricio Werdum and Ben Rothwell is being targeted for UFC 211 in Dallas.
Rothwell (36-10) was originally scheduled to challenge Werdum at UFC 203 but was forced out after injuring his knee in training camp.
Prior to this, Rothwell saw his four-fight win streak snapped at the hands of former champion Junior dos Santos in April. The Wisconsin native previously submitted former UFC heavyweight champion and submission specialist Josh Barnett and former collegiate football player Matt Mitrione. Rothwell also holds a knockout victory former K-1, Dream and Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem.
“I am confident,” said Rothwell. “I know when I’m healthy, I know that I can beat any one of those guys out there. I know I’m the best in the world. We can beat each other on separate nights in the top five, but when I’m on, I feel like I can distinctively separate myself from the rest of them.”
After seeing Rothwell pull out of their first fight, Werdum (21-6-1) was paired up against Travis Browne for the second time in his career. Like in their first meeting, “Vail Cavalo” earned a dominant decision win.
This got back him on track after losing the heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May. He was then matched up with Cain Velasquez at UFC 207. However, these plans were nixed after UFC officials pulled Velasquez from the card with a back injury. As a result, Werdum was pulled from the card altogether.
UFC 211 will go down on May 13 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. While UFC officials have yet to announce the official main event, a heavyweight title fight between Miocic and former champion Junior dos Santos has been tied to the headlining act.
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