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Fabricio Werdum, left, and Travis Browne fight during a UFC mixed martial arts bout on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Werdum won
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Fabricio Werdum, left, and Travis Browne fight during a UFC mixed martial arts bout on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Werdum won. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos has fought current champ Cain Velasquez three times and, in his expert opinion, he believes that fellow Brazilian Fabricio Werdum has a good chance at dethroning Velasquez when they fight in November. "As a Brazilian, I will root for Werdum to bring the UFC title back to Brazil, but he has a difficult task ahead of him," JDS recently told Guilherme Cruz.

"Velasquez is an impressive fighter with a great cardio, but I know Werdum is training really hard for that. He stands a chance, yes. If he fights like he did the last time [against Travis Browne], he has a good chance at winning."

Werdum has won four straight fights to earn a crack at Velasquez. The two will meet in Mexico City on November 15 in the main event of UFC 180.

Velasquez has not competed since beating Dos Santos in Oct. 2013, as he's been out with shoulder injuries. Dos Santos says that Werdum should expect a top-form Velasquez despite the lay-off.

"I think [the champion's lay-off] might help Werdum," Dos Santos said.

"But it doesn’t happen very often these days because the level of training in the gym is so high now, so you can get ready for a fight even if you haven’t fought in a while. I think it won’t be an issue for Velasquez, but can be good for Werdum."

For his part, Dos Santos has also not fought since his last loss to Velasquez in 2013. The defeat was Dos Santos' second brutal loss to Velasquez in less than a year. 

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