Fabricio Werdum

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Leaves for PFL
November 16, 2020
Werdum signed with the Professional Fighters League on Monday ahead of its 2021 season, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The former UFC heavyweight champion first joined the promotion back in 2007. He ended his UFC career on a positive note, submitting Alexander Gustafsson in the first round in July to win Performance of the Night and improve his UFC record to 12-6. At age 43, the move means his time with the promotion is likely over.
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Big win in possible UFC finale
July 25, 2020
Werdum defeated Alexander Gustafsson via submission (Armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
There appears to be an extreme chance this is Werdum's last fight in the UFC, and if that is indeed the case, he went out with a bang. This was the last fight on Werdum's contract, and he has openly stated on numerous occasions that he is unlikely to re-sign with the company. He showed on Saturday that he still possesses the ability to submit a high-level opponent. He grabbed a hold of Gus's arm and simply wouldn't let go. It was impressive, and will earn the Brazilian a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. The issue for Werdum is the fact he turns 43 years of age next week, and the UFC simply may not be able to come to an agreement on monetary issues. The Brazilian is still a big name and should command interest elsewhere if it gets to that point. A company like Bellator would almost certainly make an effort to bring Werdum aboard.
Scheduled for July 25 card
June 5, 2020
Werdum (undisclosed) will take on Alexander Gustafsson on the July 25 card at "Fight Island," MMAJunkie.com reports.
Werdum received a 180-day medical suspension following his early-May loss to Aleksei Oleinik, but he clearly avoided a major issue considering he's been given the all-clear fewer than three months later. Gustafsson made a shocking retirement announcement following his loss at the hands of Anthony Smith last June but has opted to make his comeback and will move up to the heavyweight division to do so. The two fighters are aiming to prove they still have something in the tank after each losing two straight in the octagon.
Handed medical suspension
May 11, 2020
Werdum was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The exact nature of Werdum's injury was not announced, but he now won't be able to fight until November unless cleared by a physician. He lost a split decision against Aleksei Oleinik on Saturday, his first fight in over two years.
Returns from long layoff with loss
May 9, 2020
Werdum lost to Aleksei Oleinik via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Werdum's first fight since March 2018 resulted in a loss he simply could not afford. He started very slowly and looked like a fighter who had spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines. Werdum got stronger as the fight progressed, but there's a decent chance that was the result of Oleinik tiring as opposed to anything else. This was a fight the Werdum of old likely wins going away. The Brazilian is in a tough spot moving forward. He's barely competed as of late and will turn 43 years of age in late-July. There's also been some bad blood between he and the UFC. Toss in a USADA suspension and Werdum's future remains very much up in the air. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion is 3-4 in his last seven fights dating back to May 2016.
Returning at UFC 249
February 13, 2020
Werdum (suspension) will take on Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 249 on May 9, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Werdum was suspended by the USADA in September of 2018, but he'll make his return to the Octagon to face Oleinik. Oleinik is 3-3 over his last six fights, most recently defeating Maurice Greene via submission (armbar) at UFC 246 in January as he once again showcased his submission skills. Werdum carries a slight advantage in height, while Oleinik has an advantage in reach. It will be Werdum that enters as a sizable betting favorite of (-325).