Image source: Fabricio Werdum Instagram (@werdum)
It was recently announced that former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum, was given a 10-month reduction on his USADA suspension. Werdum is eligible to compete from April this year and has already eyeing up his return opponent.
Werdum took to social media to call out Russian heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik on the back of his submission victory over Maurice Green at UFC 246. The win put Oleinik back in the win column after two back to back knockout defeats to Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. The win was the 46th submission victory in his career.
Although Oleinik boasts an incredible 46 submission on his record, Werdum has some very impressive grappling credentials of his own. Werdum is an ADCC and IBJJF world champion and has 11 out of 23 wins via submission himself.
Werdum praised Oleinik for his performance but stated that he has the better jiu-jitsu of the pair and would like to showcase that in his return to the octagon.
Although it is an intriguing grappler vs grappler match up, the last grappler vs grappler bout we saw between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington ended in a slug fest on the feet. Could the same thing happen here at heavyweight?