Stipe Miocic’s manager says they’re ready to fight Fabricio Werdum when he’s healthy, pushing for that title bout

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Stipe Miocic (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today Sports)

Stipe Miocic is hoping to get his title fight late this spring or early summer, and his team says they’ll be ready to go whenever Fabricio Werdum is healthy.

In an interview with, Miocic’s manager Greg Kalikas said the UFC is examining Werdum’s medicals after his removal from this weekend’s no-longer-named-UFC-196 event, and will make a decision from there. There’s no guarantee Miocic will get that fight, but Kalikas says they’re making their case for the fight.

“I’m not sure how long Cain will be out, but Stipe is healthy and ready to go as soon as the champion is cleared to fight,” Kalikas said. “Obviously, we are pushing hard to have the fight rescheduled and have had no indication yet that it won’t be.”

Penick’s Analysis: It’s entirely possible the UFC decides to give Miocic the shot, but things have gotten a bit murkier with Ben Rothwell’s win over Josh Barnett last weekend. They could still give Cain Velasquez the fight, they could even push Rothwell into that matchup, and whichever two of them don’t face Werdum will likely meet one another.

[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]

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