Werdum is presumably next in line for a UFC heavyweight title shot, so he'll be watching with wide eyes as Velasquez and dos Santos slug it out at UFC 166.
"I had a meeting with Dana White and the first thing he asked me was if I wanted to fight one more time or wait to fight for the title," Werdum told MMAFighting.com. "I didn’t even think twice. I’ve waited for this opportunity for years. I will have to stay away from the Octagon for more time, but that’s not a problem. I will have more time to focus and train. I’m back to school. I always look at the bright side."
Werdum thinks dos Santos could notch a knockout early in the first, but that Velasquez has the advantage if the fight goes into deep waters.
"I believe everybody sees this fight like I do," Werdum said of Dos Santos vs Velasquez. "’Cigano’ has a great chance to knock him on in the first two rounds. After that, Velasquez’s cardio is excellent for a heavyweight."
Werdum wants another crack at dos Santos, a man who beat him early in his career.
"Nothing against ‘Cigano’, but I want this rematch," Werdum said. "I thought I was the man at that time. I want to fight him again not because of him, but to prove to myself that I can beat him when I do things right."
Werdum also openly discussed what he thinks Velasquez needs to do to earn the victory over dos Santos.
"My game matches with Velasquez’s," Werdum said. "I won’t be afraid to kick or punch him to avoid the takedowns because the ground game is my best weapon. I have a good guard and that’s what happened with ‘Cigano’ in their second fight. He didn’t attack with his boxing because he didn’t want to get taken down, so he didn’t attack and didn’t defend."