In a part profane strewn rant on his Facebook page, former UFC heavyweight champion challenged his fellow Brazilian, and erstwhile heavyweight titleholder Junior dos Santos to a gym fight. The three hundred-plus worded diatribe was in response to dos Santos’ suggestion that Werdum turned down a potential fight with him.

Per Google Translate:

“Now things got serious! Werdum defies Gypsy and proposes an old-fashioned duel: “I’m going to his gym to fight, man’s business, to end this joke of talking that I’m running away”

“I saw that Stipe Miocic is having a contract problem, he wants to increase the bag to renew, so if he does not fight, as I am the first in the ranking, I challenge Gypsy to a fight for the interim belt. And that’s not all. After this fight, regardless of the outcome, I go to his gym (American Top Team) to fight inside, me and him, business man himself, to end this clown talk that I’m running away. I’ll show him who runs away, show him how it used to be in the old days, show him he’s a fucking girl who arrived yesterday and is playing the fool. Whoever wins this fight behind closed doors will have the right to post the result on social networks to the galera (guys) to see who is who”

“I’ll call Liborio (ATT leader) who is my friend, respect him a lot, and as a sign of respect, warn him that I’m coming with my team to fight with Gypsy. I take the plane with Rafael Cordeiro and my brother and I go to his gym to do a fight behind closed doors, until someone knocks or knocks, there is no time, there is no round, there is nothing, no such business to stop because it is not holding up. Why are you tired? Just for when someone knocks or gets knocked out, in the same old fashion”

“He’s talking bullshit, saying I’m a lie that worked, and I’m going to show him that it’s not like that. He’s thinking that I’m that fighter of the past, but I’m going to show reality to him. This is the challenge I’m throwing for Cigano, who is retarded, just talking bullshit, I think it’s the effect of the blows he took from Cain Velásquez.”

Their back story:

dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 15-3 UFC):

On his debut (UFC 90) for the recently acquired WME-IMG promotion, dos Santos score a first-round knockout over Werdum. That thrashing was almost nine years ago.

However, in 2011 “Cigano” captured heavyweight glory – sleeping Cain Velasquez via first-round knockout. A year later, (second title defense) in a war of attrition, the American Top Team (ATT) fighter returned the strap to Velasquez by way of unanimous decision. Another war (2013) with the dead-eyed and bloodthirsty Velasquez ended in a sanguinary five-round massacre.

It’s safe to say, those two wars have left indelible mental and physical scars on the 32-year-old Brazilian, so much so, that some believe he hasn’t been the same fierce competitor he once was.

Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC):

Conversely, Werdum has gone from strength-to-strength since that defeat – losing only once (2011), and that was against the then-Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.

In addition, alongside his already superior ground game, Werdum, 38, also improved his stand-up, nonetheless, it wasn’t the aforementioned that culminated in his guillotine choke submission of Velasquez to pick up UFC gold in 2015.

Still, regards his evolved striking, that wasn’t on show when he coughed up (opening stanza knockout) his strap to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 – it was amateur night from the get go.

As Werdum and dos Santos were both forced out of their respective scheduled bouts (because of this and this), and the history they share together, a match-up between the two makes a fair bit of dollars – and sense.