Fabricio Werdum
Vai Cavalo
21 - 6 - 1
Brazil
City
Porto Alegre
Promotion
Weight
231
Height
6'4"
Wins
21
Losses
6
Draws
1
  • KO/TKO
    21/6
    29%
  • Submissions
    21/10
    48%
  • Decisions
    21/5
    24%

There were times in his MMA career when Fabricio Werdum seemed destined to be remembered as a very good – but probably not great – heavyweight fighter. Then came UFC 188 in Mexico City.

In what was clearly his finest moment in the Octagon, Werdum scored a third-round submission victory over UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, winning the belt and making a case that he belongs among the division’s all-time best fighters.

Werdum, a three-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion, now can claim victories over two of the sport’s greatest heavyweights: Velasquez and the great Russian champion Fedor Emelianenko.

In both of those bouts, Werdum was an underdog. In both, he won by submission.

His climb to the top of the MMA world has been relentless, if not always successful. He suffered disheartening losses to Andrei Arlovski in 2007, Junior Dos Santos in 2008 and Alistair Overeem in 2011 but has also scored wins over such notable fighters as Gabriel Gonzaga, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Roy Nelson and Travis Browne.

 

When and why did you start training for fighting? When? I started when I was 20. Why? All I can say is it involved a woman.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 3x World Jiu Jitsu Champion (black belt) Jiu Jitsu European Champion, Jiu Jitsu Pan-American Champion (three times)

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? UFC heavyweight champion, Jiu Jitsu World Champion (black belt, three times), 2x (2007, 2009) ADCC World Champion, TUF Brazil 2 and TUF LATAM coach

Ranks in martial arts styles? Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Brown Belt in Judo. Black Belt Muay Thai

Do you have any heroes? My family

What is your favorite technique? kimura

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a recognition of my hard work and training. I’ve been waiting for this moment to truly test my skills among the best of the UFC again. I’m ready for challenge.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No

What was your job before you started fighting? BJJ teacher

Werdum was expected to face Velasquez for the heavyweight title at UFC 180, but a knee injury forced the champion to bow out. That opened the way for an interim title fight with Mark Hunt, which Werdum won by knockout in the second round after being knocked down twice.

He finally got his shot at Velasquez, who had lost just once in 14 career fights, in June 2015. Werdum spent more than a month training in Mexico’s high altitude to prepare for the title bout and was clearly the fresher of the two.

Werdum pounded Velasquez while standing, and when Velasquez tried to take the fight to the ground, he quickly applied a guillotine choke that forced his weary opponent to tap out.

Although Werdum has five losses on his record, two were close decisions (Sergei Kharitonov in 2005 and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2006). He brought a five-fight win streak into his title match with Velasquez and proved worthy of wearing the championship belt around his waist.

 

• Russow bout was first fight in Brazil since KO win over Ebenezer Fontes Braga on May 15, 2004

• 3-1 between UFC appearances (all in Strikeforce) with wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Silva, and Mike Kyle. His only loss was via decision to Alistair Overeem in their 2011 rematch.

• Holds two TKO wins over Gabriel Gonzaga

• Ten wins by submission (1 armbar, 3 triangle armbar, 2 guillotine, 1 arm triangle, 1 triangle choke, 1 kimura, 1 RNC), six by knockout

• Also owns wins over Tom Erikson, Alistair Overeem, and Aleksander Emelianenko.

• Earned his nickname from playing soccer, where he was so quick, opponents would yell “Vai Cavalo” or “go horse”.

• TUF Brazil 2 and TUF LATAM coach

• Has won seven of his last eight

Fight History – Pro

Result Fighter Event Method/Referee R Time
win Travis Browne UFC 203 – Miocic vs. Overeem
Sep / 10 / 2016
Decision (Unanimous)
Gary Copeland
3 5:00
loss Stipe Miocic UFC 198 – Werdum vs. Miocic
May / 14 / 2016
KO (Punch)
Dan Miragliotta
1 2:47
win Cain Velasquez UFC 188 – Velasquez vs. Werdum
Jun / 13 / 2015
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Herb Dean
3 2:13
win Mark Hunt UFC 180 – Werdum vs. Hunt
Nov / 15 / 2014
TKO (Knee and Punches)
Herb Dean
2 2:27
win Travis Browne UFC on Fox 11 – Werdum vs. Browne
Apr / 19 / 2014
Decision (Unanimous)
John McCarthy
5 5:00
win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC on Fuel TV 10 – Nogueira vs. Werdum
Jun / 08 / 2013
Submission (Armbar)
Mario Yamasaki
2 2:41
win Mike Russow UFC 147 – Silva vs. Franklin 2
Jun / 23 / 2012
TKO (Punches)
Herb Dean
1 2:28
win Roy Nelson UFC 143 – Diaz vs. Condit
Feb / 04 / 2012
Decision (Unanimous)
Josh Rosenthal
3 5:00
loss Alistair Overeem Strikeforce – Overeem vs. Werdum
Jun / 18 / 2011
Decision (Unanimous)
Leon Roberts
3 5:00
win Fedor Emelianenko Strikeforce / M-1 Global – Fedor vs. Werdum
Jun / 26 / 2010
Submission (Triangle Armbar)
John McCarthy
1 1:09
win Antonio Silva Strikeforce / M-1 Global – Fedor vs. Rogers
Nov / 07 / 2009
Decision (Unanimous)
Todd Frederickson
3 5:00
win Mike Kyle Strikeforce – Carano vs. Cyborg
Aug / 15 / 2009
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Yuji Shimada
1 1:24
loss Junior dos Santos UFC 90 – Silva vs. Cote
Oct / 25 / 2008
TKO (Punches)
Marc Fennell
1 1:21
win Brandon Vera UFC 85 – Bedlam
Jun / 07 / 2008
TKO (Punches)
Dan Miragliotta
1 4:40
win Gabriel Gonzaga UFC 80 – Rapid Fire
Jan / 19 / 2008
TKO (Punches)
Dan Miragliotta
2 4:34
loss Andrei Arlovski UFC 70 – Nations Collide
Apr / 21 / 2007
Decision (Unanimous)
Herb Dean
3 5:00
win Aleksander Emelianenko 2H2H – Pride & Honor
Nov / 12 / 2006
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
N/A
1 3:24
loss Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Pride FC – Critical Countdown Absolute
Jul / 01 / 2006
Decision (Unanimous)
N/A
3 5:00
win Alistair Overeem Pride FC – Total Elimination Absolute
May / 05 / 2006
Submission (Kimura)
N/A
2 3:43
win John Olav Einemo Pride 31 – Dreamers
Feb / 26 / 2006
Decision (Unanimous)
N/A
3 5:00
loss Sergei Kharitonov Pride 30 – Fully Loaded
Oct / 23 / 2005
Decision (Split)
N/A
3 5:00
win Roman Zentsov Pride FC – Final Conflict 2005
Aug / 28 / 2005
Submission (Triangle Armbar)
N/A
1 6:01
win Tom Erikson Pride 29 – Fists of Fire
Feb / 20 / 2005
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
N/A
1 5:11
win Ebenezer Fontes Braga JF 2 – Jungle Fight 2
May / 15 / 2004
KO (Punch)
N/A
2 1:28
win Gabriel Gonzaga JF 1 – Jungle Fight 1
Sep / 13 / 2003
TKO (Punches)
N/A
3 2:11
win Kristof Midoux WAFF 2 – World Absolute Fight 2
Mar / 22 / 2003
Submission (Triangle Armbar)
N/A
1 4:11
draw James Zikic MB 8 – Millennium Brawl 8
Sep / 22 / 2002
Draw
N/A
3 5:00
win Tengiz Tedoradze MB 7 – Millennium Brawl 7
Jun / 16 / 2002
Submission (Triangle Choke)
N/A
1 0:00

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