Werdum wants title shot after bout with Browne

Fabricio Werdum believes that he deserves a heavyweight title shot should he beat Travis Browne at UFC 203 on Saturday.

Reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will take on Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 203, and Werdum wants to face the winner of that fight. 

Regardless of who he comes up against, the Brazilian is confident that he will become heavyweight champion again if he is granted the opportunity to fight for the title. 

Werdum will first have to get through Browne before he can start thinking of a title shot, but he isn’t concerned about the Hawaii native who he beat him via unanimous decision when they last met at UFC on FOX 11 in April 2014. 

“I'm going to beat Travis Browne again, the same thing as last time but this time I want to finish him,” Werdum said. “I don't know if it's Stipe Miocic or (Alistair) Overeem, it doesn't matter to me, I just want the belt again.

"After I beat Travis Browne, I want to sit very close to the cage to watch my next opponent. I don't know if it's Stipe Miocic or (Alistair) Overeem, that's it."

Werdum has unfinished business with Miocic as the Cleveland native knocked him out in the first round at UFC 198 in May to be crowned the new heavyweight champion. 

"I called the UFC, I wanted to fight soon because the last time I didn't go inside the fight. He got in one nice punch, I don't have an excuse for that," Werdum said. "My training was very good, everything was OK, he just got me with a very good punch. That's it. I'm very excited for the next one tomorrow."

Should Overeem defeat Miocic and become the new heavyweight champion, Werdum feels a fight with the Dutchman would make sense as they have won one fight each in their last two meetings, which came at Pride in 2006 and Strikeforce in 2011. 

"Yes because me and Overeem, I fought with him two times in PRIDE in 2006 and after in Strikeforce, it's 1-1. I think No. 3 is OK, it's a good, too," Werdum said. "I told you before my big goal is the belt. It doesn't matter who."