Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum might be making the stroll to the Octagon on Saturday night time for the ultimate time in his profession.

The previous UFC heavyweight champion returned after a USADA suspension at UFC 249 the place he dropped a choice to Alexey Oleynik. Though the Brazilian didn’t have the very best displaying, he might be making a reasonably fast turnaround to battle Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Battle Island 3.

Werdum enters this struggle on the ultimate struggle of his contract the place he says he doesn’t plan on re-signing with the Las Vegas-based promotion.

“There’s no chance (of renewing my UFC contract). All these years with the UFC have been good. We had relationship. We disagreed typically, however these issues occur in a traditional relationship,” Fabricio Werdum mentioned to AG Battle (through google translate). “I’m grateful to the UFC for all these years. It’s virtually the place I made my profession. I’ve at all times needed to affix the UFC they usually gave me that chance twice. I used to be fired and requested to come back again as a result of I saved bothering them about it. However the cycle is over. It was cycle to this point. Now I need to transfer on with my profession, I need to do it my manner. Perhaps I’ll struggle for a unique firm, I’ve fought for a lot of of them, I need to have decisions.

“This trajectory that I had within the UFC was very cool, it was an excellent and blissful second. Twice champion, I beat Mark Hunt, then I beat Cain Velasquez, other than different fights too. And I don’t solely rely the victories, after all I don’t prefer to lose, however the defeats additionally made me develop lots,” Fabricio Werdum continued. “This half as a commentator too, eight years in the past as a commentator in Spanish. It was all a part of my profession. We had fights, arguments, we didn’t agree on some issues, I used to be fired (laughs). However this has handed, that is already handed, now it’s a ball ahead and simply to thanks. I can solely thank the UFC for all these years of victories.”

Fabricio Werdum gained the heavyweight title over Cain Velasquez however by no means defended it as he misplaced to Stipe Miocic in his subsequent struggle. For the Brazilian, he mentioned he’s glad his ultimate UFC struggle might be towards Gustafsson as that is an opponent he picked.

Regardless, win or lose on Saturday night time, Werdum’s time as a UFC fighter might be over. However, maybe a promotion like Bellator or PFL will signal the big-name heavyweight.

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