Dana White stated on the UFC Tonight show last week that Fabricio Werdum didn’t want to defend his heavyweight title in a rematch with Cain Velasquez until March, but the champion’s camp have since refuted that claim.
According to Werdum’s management team Dominance MMA, they told White that the heavyweight champion would be ready to fight in either December or January, but that appears to have fallen on deaf ears.
Looking at the fight schedule around that time it makes sense that the UFC might be reluctant to put the fight on during that period as they already have a stacked line-up.
For instance, December’s UFC 194 pay-per-view is already one of the best line-ups they’ve put together in recent years and features two title fights in Jose Aldo Vs Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman Vs Luke Rockhold. Then in early January at UFC 195, Robbie Lawler defends his welterweight belt against Carlos Condit and even the end-of-year UFC On FOX show already has a title fight booked with Rafael Dos Anjos putting lightweight title on the line against Donald Cerrone.
So, perhaps it would be best to hold Werdum Vs Velasquez II back until February or March, but it seems it was wrong on the UFC’s part to claim that it was Werdum who was the reason behind the delay in putting this rematch together.