According to a report out of Brazil by Combate, UFC officials are hoping to sign Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for UFC 198.
The event, which was expected to be a Fight Night card on May 14, would now be a pay-per-view to make up for the recently-changed UFC 196 card to UFC Fight Night.
Werdum (20-5-1) has not fought in his native country since scoring a 2013 submission win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on his way to becoming UFC heavyweight champion. He won the title last June with a third round submission victory vs. Cain Velasquez.
The two were on pace to square off again this coming weekend, but a back injury suffered by Velasquez knocked him out. After officials announced Miocic as a replacement, Werdum exited the contest citing injuries himself. Velasquez, a former champion, is expected to be sidelined for several months.
Miocic (14-2) is on a two-fight win streak, having finished both Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski. Despite the short-notice given by the UFC, he was willing to fight Werdum on less than two weeks notice.
Currently, the Brazilian card features Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza as the headline act, but that middleweight showdown would move to the co-main event role.