Interim UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum feels he is in the same mind-set as before his career-defining win over Fedor Emelianenko.
Werdum will unify the title with Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in Mexico this June. He won the interim title with a finish of Mark Hunt last year after an injury knocked Velasquez out.
“When I beat Fedor, I had the same feeling,” said Werdum, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I’m very confident. I don’t think I’ll lose the fight. I’m going to win for sure.”
Werdum (19-5-1) is a perfect 5-0 since returning to the UFC in 2012, earning wins over Roy Nelson, Mike Russow, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Travis Browne and Hunt. His last loss came in 2011 to Alistair Overeem via decision after earning a first round submission of Emelianenko while both were in Strikeforce.
Ever the student, Werdum knows where the strengths of the UFC champion are, and he plans to test him there.
“I think Cain has good boxing, good wrestling and good conditioning,” Werdum said. “But if he takes me down, I say ‘thank you.’ I’m good. It’s my home.
“I think he’ll stay there; I’ll finish him.”
During the interview, Werdum heard from Daniel Cormier, who is a close friend and training partner for Velasquez at American Kickboxing Academy.
“The UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, told me to tell you to stop carrying the belt everywhere,” Cormier said. “It’s making him mad. If you take it to the Florida media tour, he’s going to take it away from you.
“To be the man, you have to beat the man.”
Werdum laughed at the comments, saying “I love him” to Cormier.
“Five years ago, he helped me with a lot of training with wrestling,” he continued. “When we first met, I took him down. I took him down three times. He grabbed me in a double-leg and took me down and I got him in an armbar.”