Ex-UFC Champion Fabricio Werdum Contemplating MMA Retirement

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 29, 2022
    Fabricio Werdum

    Former undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum has confirmed that he is currently weighing up the option of calling time on his decorated mixed martial arts career, and has withdrawn from the upcoming PFL 2022 regular season.

    The Porto Alegre native is a whopping six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, and has competed just once under the PFL (Professional Fighters League) banner since inking a contract with the organization last year.

    In his promotional debut, Werdum originally suffered a knockout loss to compatriot, Renan Ferreira, until the New Jersey State Athletic Commission overturned the result to an official ‘No Contest’ after it was determined Ferreira had submitted to a triangle thrown up by Werdum, prior to his knockout victory.

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    Fabricio Werdum has competed professionally since 2022, lodging a 24-9-1(1) record

    Sidelined since, Fabricio Werdum was initially scheduled for a last summer return against Brandon Sayles, however, withdrew from the heavyweight clash as well as the entire PFL 2021 season format.

    Discussing his fighting future in professional mixed martial arts during an interview with Brazilian outlet, AgFight, Werdum confirmed that he is weighing up his options in the sport, but is leaning toward retirement.

    “It’s a bit complicated to say that to a fighter after 24 years of fighting,” Fabricio Werdum said. “Even my wife keeps telling me to say I’m retired, that I’m done. I tell her I won’t say it. … But talking about MMA, I think it’s hard for me to come back because it’s more dedication, staying two, three months in the United States, and I’m living in Brazil for a year and three months now. If there’s a boxing match, I’d do it.”

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    “To sum it up: boxing, yes, MMA, no,” Fabricio Werdum said. “It would need to be an out-of-this-world offer to make me stop doing what I’ve been doing right now.”

    Prior to his PFL landing, Werdum had enjoyed two stints under the UFC banner, as well as competing for both Pride FC, and Jungle Fight – and Strikeforce in between his tenures with the UFC.

    A former undisputed heavyweight champion under the Dana White-led promotional banner, Werdum, stopped Cain Velasquez to unify the titles back in June 2015.

    Werdum has managed to score 12 career submission wins, the most recent of which on ‘Fight Island’ in July 2020 where he stopped Alexander Gustafsson with a first round armbar – adding the Swede to a résumé that includes victories over the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Alexander Emelianenko, Bigfoot Silva, Mark Hunt, Travis Browne, Alistair Overeem, and Roy Nelson.