In the immediate aftermath of Fabricio Werdum’s historic victory over Fedor Emelianenko the jubliant Brazilian surprised many people by stating his interest in having an immediate rematch with the man many people believed was the best fighter in the sport.
Now that the dust has settled on last month’s encounter and Werdum has had time to reflect on the situation it appears he’s had a change of heart on the matter.
“That was with the emotions of the fight running high,” Werdum’s manager Richard Wilner tells MMAfighting. “Once emotions subside and rationale thought prevails, Fabricio understands there’s no upside to a rematch with Fedor unless M-1 puts a significant amount of money on the table. We have no rematch clause in our contract with Strikeforce.”
Since the fight Werdum has claimed that he will now undergo surgery on his elbow to fix a recurring problem, but Wilner reveals it’s not a major injury.
“If sugery is in fact necessary, it would be a very minor thing. It’s not a traumatic injury.”
So there’s perhaps still a possibility Werdum could fight before the end of the year after all. The question is, if he does then who will he face?
“While we’re open to the possibility of fighting Fedor again, whatever opportunity that Strikeforce puts in front of us, as long as it makes sense, we’ll consider it,” Willner says.