Fabricio Werdum is going to get the opportunity to fight in front of his countrymen when the UFC returns to Brazil this summer, according to reports today.

MMA Fighting is reporting that Werdum and Mike Russow have verbally agreed to meet on the card, which is expected to be UFC 147.

A heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow is close to being finalized, according to sources close to both camps. Both fighters have already verbally agreed to the bout, which is expected to take place on the UFC’s return to Brazil later this year, which is slated for late June 2012.

No exact date or location has been finalized just yet.

The match-up seems a little odd considering Werdum is coming off a very impressive performance against Roy Nelson in his recent return to the UFC. No disrespect to Mike Russow, but he’s not typically thought of as one of the top tier heavyweights in the UFC which is who you would expect Werdum to fight next. Perhaps it was merely an availability issue as many of the UFC’s top heavyweights are already booked this summer.

Regardless of Joe Silva’s reasoning though, Russow may prove to be a formidable challenge to Werdum considering he’s unbeaten in the UFC thus far with wins over Justin McCully, Todd Duffee, Jon Madsen and Jon Olav Einemo. Werdum is undoubtedly a big step up in competition for Russow, but it also presents him with a tremendous opportunity to put himself on the map if he can beat him in Brazil.

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