Former UFC Champion Fabricio Werdum Undecided On PFL Future

Fabricio Werdum is unsure of his future in mixed martial arts. 

After eight years with the promotion, the UFC and Farbicio Werdum parted ways in 2020.  “Vai Cavalo” chose not to re-sign with the company and instead opted to fight for the …

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum is unsure of his future in mixed martial arts. 

After eight years with the promotion, the UFC and Farbicio Werdum parted ways in 2020.  “Vai Cavalo” chose not to re-sign with the company and instead opted to fight for the PFL. But before he signs up for another season with the promotion, Werdum wants to revise his contract.

“I need to make a decision still,” Werdum told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “I need to speak to my wife first because she wants me to stop (fighting). I’m 44 years old, so she wants me to stop and we’re doing well in Brazil and running a lot of things.”

Werdum partook in one bout under the PFL banner. The fight was originally ruled a TKO loss for the former champion, and was eventually overturned after the State Athletic commission ruled that Werdum’s opponent, Renan Ferriea, tapped while in a triangle choke. The tap prompted Werdum to release the hold, which allowed his opponent to rain down blows.

Fabricio Werdum, Fedor
Fabricio Werdum works a triangle choke on Fedor Emelianenko AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

A Life Outside of Fighting

At 44-years-old, Werdum needs to make sure it’s worth the risk to his health to continue fighting in a cage. At this point in his career, he has too many ventures outside of being punched in the face for a living.

“So I have the meat business, I also have a clothing brand – Werdum Sports – I have the YouTube channel, and I’m an ambassador for PFL here in Brazil,” Werdum said. “So I have a lot of things going on. It needs to be worth it for me to stop everything and go fight again because I would need to go back to the U.S. because my team is in Los Angeles in Kings MMA.

“I can train here and start the training camp, but I would need to leave my family and go back to the U.S. to do the actual camp. I don’t want to think about the money only, I need to have all my focus on winning. So I don’t know if it’ll be worth it now that I’m 44 years old. That needs to be decided. I need to speak to PFL and see if we come to an agreement, so I can fight again.”

With nearly twenty years in the game, one would have to assume that Werdum is nearing the end of his illustrious career. Before his run in the UFC, Werdum was as star in Japan under the PRIDE banner. He later went on to become the first man to beat Fedor Emelienko in over a decade when they clashed in Strikeforce in 2010.

Continue Reading Former UFC Champion Fabricio Werdum Undecided On PFL Future at MMA News.

[ARCHIVES] Covington Compares Critics to ‘Adolf Hitler & the Nazis’

[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES]

UFC 268 headliner Colby Covington has become known for integrating politics into his athletic career, and this includes invoking the name of Adolf Hitler to describe his critics four years ago. The following article is published in…

Colby Covington

[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES]

UFC 268 headliner Colby Covington has become known for integrating politics into his athletic career, and this includes invoking the name of Adolf Hitler to describe his critics four years ago. The following article is published in its original, unaltered form, courtesy of the MMA News archives.

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 20, 2017, 3:37 PM] 

Colby Covington believes that those criticizing his decision to press charges on former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum are promoting ‘fascist’ ideals

Following an altercation between the outspoken UFC welterweight contender and the Brazilian heavyweight, charges were brought against Werdum.

Covington, who has been relishing his role as an outspoken villain of late, allegedly received a lot of criticism for his decision to ‘snitch’ on his fellow fighter following the skirmish. According to “Chaos”, those who have reacted negatively to him going to the Police in Sydney as a result of the encounter are no better than the infamous Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Covington made the eye-brow raising comments while discussing the incident with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour:

“He [Werdum] was screaming these anti-gay slurs, shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’,” Colby claimed, despite being called out by some for his own use of homophobic slurs aimed towards Werdum. He threw it [a boomerang] and luckily I mostly dodged it because I have impeccable reflexes. They use boomerangs in Australia to hunt kangaroos, people are saying it isn’t a weapon – it is a weapon.

“All these people in the world saying ‘Oh, he’s a snitch, he went to the cops’. Yeah, you know you’re condoning violence because of free speech. You know what that’s called, Ariel? That’s called fascism. You know who else believed in fascism? Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.”

Australians have recently voted in favor of passing a bill legalizing marriage between same-sex couples, which made the homophobic remarks aimed at Werdum even more inappropriate. Covington acknowledged this, expressing regret for his use of slurs which may have caused offense to the LGBT community before making a joke claiming that he is against marriage in general and not just gay marriage:

“After that my head was messed up, I regret anything I said because I was a little concussed. He hit me in the face. I have no ill will towards the LGBT community. No disrespect to them, I believe marriage as a whole is a mistake, but that’s a whole other story.”

Continue Reading [ARCHIVES] Covington Compares Critics to ‘Adolf Hitler & the Nazis’ at MMA News.

Fabricio Werdum Claims He Killed Fedor’s GOAT Argument

Fabricio Werdum claims he killed the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) argument when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko. MMA legend Emelianenko is set to return to MMA on Bellator’s debuting event in Russia. His return has made headlines and sparked interes…

Fabricio Werdum claims he killed the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) argument when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko. MMA legend Emelianenko is set to return to MMA on Bellator’s debuting event in Russia. His return has made headlines and sparked interest in many different fighters who have thrown their name into the hat for a potential […]

Continue Reading Fabricio Werdum Claims He Killed Fedor’s GOAT Argument at MMA News.

Fabricio Werdum Takes Shot At Fedor Emelianenko, Calls For Rematch

WerdumIt’s fair to say Fabricio Werdum wants his name in the hat to face Fedor Emelianenko next. With the news that Emelianenko was set to return to action for Bellator in an event taking place October 23 in Moscow, Russia, a number of names have been in contact with Scott Coker to fight “The Last […]

Werdum

It’s fair to say Fabricio Werdum wants his name in the hat to face Fedor Emelianenko next.

With the news that Emelianenko was set to return to action for Bellator in an event taking place October 23 in Moscow, Russia, a number of names have been in contact with Scott Coker to fight “The Last Emperor” next.

Among them include Josh Barnett, Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem to name a few. We can now comfortably add Werdum’s name to that list despite him being the first fighter to stop Emelianenko’s legendary unbeaten run.

The former UFC heavyweight champion also took a dig at the Russian MMA legend in the process with some recent tweets.

“IF fedor The ? do you need revenge from me HEY I’m ready to go to Russia”

“Fedor was never the goat because I killed the ? @ScottCoker let’s go”

This follows Werdum’s tweets prior where he hyped up a rematch.

Werdum notably submitted Emelianenko in the first round when they clashed at a 2010 Strikeforce headliner. As a result, the Brazilian ended Emelianenko’s 28-fight unbeaten run at the time.

Do you want to see a rematch between them?

Anderson Silva & Werdum Possible Opponents For Fedor Emelianenko?

Anderson Silva and Fabricio Werdum appear to be in the Fedor Emelianenko sweepstakes. Emelianenko is set to fight in Moscow on October 23. It’ll be a part of his retirement tour. Fedor has two fights left on his Bellator deal but he hasn’t …

Anderson Silva and Fabricio Werdum appear to be in the Fedor Emelianenko sweepstakes. Emelianenko is set to fight in Moscow on October 23. It’ll be a part of his retirement tour. Fedor has two fights left on his Bellator deal but he hasn’t committed to retiring even when the tour is over. “The Last Emperor” […]

Continue Reading Anderson Silva & Werdum Possible Opponents For Fedor Emelianenko? at MMA News.