Fabricio Werdum Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Fabricio Werdum?
Fabricio Werdum was born on July 30, 1977. He is an active mixed martial artist hailing from Brazil. He has previously held the UFC's heavyweight championship belt. Recently Fabricio Werdum signed with the Professional Fighters League.
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Fabricio Werdum is a 4-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion, a two-time winner of the coveted ADCC heavyweight title. He is a well-rounded martial artist with black belts in jiu jitsu, judo, Muay Thai. He has competed in all of the top MMA organizations throughout his storied career. He has competed in Pride, the UFC, Strikeforce and Jungle Fight.
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Fabricio Werdum is well known as being the first fighter to defeat legendary Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko decisively in mixed martial arts.
Fabricio Werdum was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil and began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after an altercation with the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend left him choked unconscious via a triangle choke. Fabricio Werdum began his training with Marcio Corleta. After moving to Spain with his mother, who resided in Madrid, he began teaching BJJ as a purple belt. He was able to become a BJJ world champion and would be awarded his black belt by Master Sylvio Behring only a few years after he started training.
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How Old is Fabricio Werdum?
Fabricio Werdum was born on July 30, 1977. He is currently 44 years old.
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Fabricio Werdum Family
Fabricio and his family live in Southern California. He has two daughters with his wife Karine.
Fabricio Werdum lived in Spain for 10 years with his mother who is of Spanish descent. He can fluently speak Portuguese, English and Spanish allowing him to serve as a Spanish-language commentator for the UFC.
How Much is Fabricio Werdum Worth?
It is estimated that Fabricio Werdum has a net worth of at least $1 million dollars.
How Tall is Fabricio Werdum?
Fabricio Werdum is 6 feet, 4 inches tall.
How Much Does Fabricio Werdum Weigh?
Fabricio Werdum weighs 242 lbs.
Fabricio Werdum's Fight List
Fabricio Werdum began his MMA career with smaller promotions such as Jungle Fight, Millennium Brawl and World Absolute Fight. Early on he had amassed a 4 win, no loss and 1 draw record. He was Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's sparring partner and this relationship helped Fabricio Werdum make his debut in the much larger Pride Fighting Championship organization.
Fabricio Werdum made his debut for Pride in 2005 against Tom Erikson. He would defeat Erikson by submission. Later in the same year, Fabricio Werdum would face Roman Zentsov at the Final Conflict 2005 event for Pride. He would defeat Zentsov by triangle choke in the first round.
At Pride 30, Werdum would be handed his first loss by Sergei Kharitonov via split decision. He would bounce back with a unanimous decision victory against Jon Olav Einemo at Pride 31.
Fabricio Werdum had built his Pride record to three wins and 1 loss when he entered the promotion's Open Weight Grand Prix in 2006. In his first match, he would meet Dutch Kickboxer Alistair Overeem, where he would utlize his superior ground skills to win the match via kimura. Next up would be the former Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nogueira would defeat Werdum in the quarter-final match via a decision.
After Pride, Werdum would make a detour stint in 2 Hot 2 Handle where he would take on Alexander Emelianenko, brother of Fedor who Werdum would famously defeat later in his career. Werdum was able to defeat the Russian via triangle choke armbar combination.
Fabricio Werdum would make his UFC debut on April 21, 2007 at UFC 70. In his debut he would meet former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Arlovski would win via unanimous decision. Post-fight Werdum made some training changes and began training in Brazil with the Chute Boxe Academy to work on his striking.
His next bout for the UFC, would be at UFC 80 against Gabriel Gonzaga, a fighter he had defeated much earlier in his career. Werdum was able to deal with Gonzaga's early flurry and secure a tight Muay Thai clinch and use it to set up knee strikes that would ultimately help him take Werdum down and finish the fight by strikes on the ground for the TKO.
Werdum next met Brandon Vera at UFC 85. In the first round, Werdum used his masterful jiu jitsu to take mount and rain down some unanswered strikes before the first round was even over. The referee stopped the match at 4:40 via TKO.
At UFC 90, Werdum would welcome Junior Dos Santos into the UFC family. Although favored to win, Werdum would be caught in the first round by an uppercut from Dos Santos. After the fight, Fabricio Werdum would be released by the UFC.
Fabricio Werdum's next home would be the Strikeforce organization. He would make his Strikeforce debut against Mike Kyle in 2009. Werdum would win this fight by submission.
HIs second fight would be against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Werdum would defeat Silva by unanimous decision. This fight would set up Werdum's most famous match.
In June of 2010, Werdum would meet former Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko in the main event. Werdum was able to submit the Russian early in the first round by a triangle/armbar combination. Up until that point, Fedor had been riding a 28 fight unbeaten streak. This victory shot Werdum up in the MMA rankings.
Werdum would again meet Alistair Overeem, the Dutch kickboxer who had helped him shift some of his training focus to the Chute Boxe academy. Alistair would earn a unanimous decision over Werdum in this fight.
In late 2011, Werdum once again was slated to fight Brendan Schaub, but the fight never happened. He would have to wait until February of 2012 when he would meet Roy Nelson at UFC 143. Werdum won the fight via unanimous decision and both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors for this match.
Werdum would take on Mike Russow at UFC 147 and secure a first round TKO against him.
After the Russow fight, Werdum was chosen to coach opposite of former opponent Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira on the UFC's wildly popular Ultimate Fighter Show. At the climax of the season the two would meet again and Werdum would defeat Nogueira via verbal submission with an armbar. Werdum now secured the honor of having submissioni victories against two former Pride Heavyweight Champions in Nogueira and Emelianenko.
Fabricio Werdum's next match against Travis Browne was a title eliminator match with the winner getting a shot at, then champion Cain Velasquez. Werdum came in as the underdog and dominated the five round fight, winning via unanimous decision.
To help with buildup for the title match with Cain Velasquez and to continue growing the UFC's footwork across the globe, it was announced that the two would serve as opposing coaches for the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. The match was slated to be in November at the end of 2014.
Unfortunately, Cain Velasquez pulled out of their bout due to injury, which forced the UFC to create an Interim championship match between Werdum and Mark Hunt. Werdum would weather the powerful striking of Mark Hunt to win the fight via TKO in round two. Werdum became the interim champ and also earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his victory.
In June of 2015, at UFC 188 in Mexico City, Werdum and Velasquez would finally meet. Fabricio Werdum would win the fight by a guillotine in the third round. He earned another Performance of the Night bonus, unified the heavyweight title and earned himself a new, 8 fight contract with the organization.
A rematch with Cain Velasquez was slated to take place early in 2016, but again injury forced Cain to pull out. This time it was a back injury. Cain would be replaced by Stipe Miocic. After the replacement was announced, Werdum also announced that an injury would need to be addressed before his fight with Stipe Miocic. The fight would take place in May of 2016. Stipe Miocic knocked Fabricio Werdum out in the first round. This would be Werdum's first loss in over 5 years.
After losing the title, Fabricio Werdum would be slated to take on Ben Rothwell who would ultimately have to pull out due to a knee injury. Travis Browne, a former opponent of Werdum would step in. Werdum would defeat Browne again via unanimous decision.
Werdum would be scheduled to rematch Cain Velasquez at UFC 207 at the end of December in 2016. The match would not happen though because the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not approve Velasquez for the fight.
Ben Rothwell was next up for Fabricio Werdum in May of 2017 at UFC 211, but Rothwell would fail a drug test and for this reason the bout was canceled.
Werdum would meet Alistair Overeem again in July of 2017 at UFC 213. The judges would score the match as a majority decision, although this was a controversial ending to the match.
Fabricio Werdum was next scheduled to fight Derrick Lewis, but Lewis was unable to follow through with the fight due to back issues. A last minute replacement of Walt Harris was brought in and he was quickly taken down and finished with an armbar from back mount.
Werdum defeated Marcin Tybura on November 19, 2017 in the main event of the UFC's Fight Night event. He would next face Alexander Volkov, who would hand Werdum a defeat via knockout in the fourth round.
The last few years of Werdum's time with the UFC would be plagued with a USADA suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. He would request release from his contract after being flagged in Septemeber of 2018. After his suspension he would come back to face Alexey Olevnik at UFC 249. Werdum would lose this return fight via split decision.
Fabricio Werdum's final fight in the UFC would be against Alexander Gustafsson. He would defeat the Swedish born fighter via armbar in the first round. He earned a Performance of the Night award, but chose not to re-sign with the promotion after the win.
After the UFC, Fabricio Werdum signed with the Professional Fighters League for a multi-fight contract. He made his debut against Renan Ferreira. He would initially lose the fight via TKO in the first round, but it was later determined via tape review that Renan had tapped during a triangle choke attempt by Werdum. By release the choke, thinking the fighter had tapped, Werdum opened himself up for the attack and TKO. The bout was later deemed a NO CONTEST by the New Jersey Athletic Commission.
Fabricio Werdum's Best Fight of All Time
Fabricio Werdum's career has been filled with "best fights", but it can be argued that his bout in Strikeforce against the Russian Fedor Emelianenko is probably the most famous. Not only did he submit the Russian juggernaut which had never been done, but he also ended Fedor's 28 fight MMA win streak.
This fight helped lift his standing in the heavyweight MMA rankings and set him up for the next phase of his career in the UFC.
Who Did Fabricio Werdum Lose to?
Fabricio Werdum has lost to Sergei Kharitonov, Andrei Arlovski, Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem (2 X), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Junior Dos Santos, Aleksi Oleinik, and Alexander Volkov.
Fabricio Werdum's Record
Werdum currently holds an MMA record of 24 wins, 9 losses, 1 no contest and 1 draw representing his 35 fights.
Fabricio Werdum's Injuries
Though he has had some bouts with injuries, at 44 years of age, Werdum's career has been relatively injury free as compared to other heavyweight MMA athletes.
Is Fabricio Werdum Retired?
Fabricio Werdum is currently on the roster of the Professional Fighters League. He is not retired.
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