Fabricio Werdum in 2009, at the weigh-ins for the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event.
July 30, 1977 |
Porto Alegre, Brazil
|Other names||Vai Cavalo (Go Horse)|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||77.0 in (196 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Kings MMAWerdum Combat Team
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Octávio "Ratinho" Couto
Black Belt in Judo
Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro
|Years active||2002–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable students||Mirko Filipović|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for Brazil|
|Men's submission grappling|
|ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships|
|Silver||2011 Nottingham||+99 kg|
|Gold||2009 Barcelona||+99 kg|
|Gold||2007 New Jersey||+99 kg|
|Bronze||2005 Long Beach||+99 kg|
|Bronze||2003 São Paulo||Open|
|Silver||2003 São Paulo||+99 kg|
|IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships|
|Gold||2004 Rio de Janeiro||+100 kg (Black)|
|Bronze||2004 Rio de Janeiro||Open (Black)|
|Gold||2003 Rio de Janeiro||+100 kg (Black)|
|Bronze||2002 Rio de Janeiro||-100 kg (Brown)|
|Silver||2001 Rio de Janeiro||Open (Purple)|
|Gold||2000 Rio de Janeiro||Open (Blue)|
|Gold||2000 Rio de Janeiro||-100 kg (Blue)|
|Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships|
|Bronze||2003||+100 kg (Black)|
|Gold||2002||-100 kg (Brown)|
|Gold||2001||Open kg (Purple)|
|Gold||2001||-100 kg (Purple)|
|Gold||2000||-100 kg (Blue)|
Fabrício Werdum (Portuguese pronunciation: [faˈbɾisju veʁˈdũ]; born July 30, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the current Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is also a two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Heavyweight Champion and European jiu-jitsu champion. He holds black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, and Muay Thai. Werdum has competed in PRIDE, the UFC, Strikeforce, and Jungle Fight.
He holds the distinction of being the first fighter to decisively defeat Fedor Emelianenko in mixed martial arts competition.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Schools and instruction
- 4 Championships and Accomplishments
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Werdum started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu after being choked unconscious with a triangle choke by his then-girlfriend's ex-boyfriend. He trained with Marcio Corleta at the Porto Alegre Academy, Winner Behring. After success in competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission wrestling, he started his career in MMA. He arrived in Spain to join his mother, who had moved to the city of Madrid some years before. At the age of 17, soon after his arrival in Spain, when he was just a purple belt, he started teaching the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Madrid and other cities of Spain. Despite only training with white and blue belts, he became a BJJ World Champion, being promoted to the rank of black belt by Master Sylvio Behring three years later.
Mixed martial arts career
Werdum's early fights were with the promotions Jungle Fight, Millennium Brawl, and World Absolute Fight. He boasted a 4–0–1 record, including a win against BJJ specialist Gabriel Gonzaga. He was Mirko Filipović’s sparring partner at that time and the Croat was the main reason for his debut in PRIDE.
PRIDE Fighting Championships
In 2005, Werdum made his PRIDE debut against Tom Erikson, winning by submission. Later that year he faced Roman Zentsov in Pride Final Conflict 2005, he was able to defeat Zentsov by a Triangle choke in 6:01 of the first round. Werdum then had the first loss in his MMA career, when he lost to Sergei Kharitonov via split decision in Pride 30. Then in early 2006, Werdum defeated Jon Olav Einemo by unanimous decision in Pride 31.
He accumulated a record of 3–1 in PRIDE before entering the 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix. His first match of the tournament was against Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem, and he won via kimura in the second round. He then faced former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira in the quarter finals, losing via decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Fabricio Werdum debuted in the UFC on 21 April 2007 at UFC 70: Nations Collide. He faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, losing a unanimous decision. He began to train in Brazil at Chute Boxe Academy and he is now more aggressive, showing improvement in striking, particularly his Muay Thai. At UFC 80 on January 19, 2008, Werdum met Gabriel Gonzaga in a rematch. Werdum won the bout by TKO. He weathered an early striking onslaught only to secure the Muay Thai clinch and connect with several knee strikes before taking Gonzaga to the ground and finishing him with punches. Werdum's next fight was against Brandon Vera at UFC 85. He defeated Vera by TKO in the 1st round. Werdum achieved full mount with less than 30 seconds to go in the round and connected with a number of unanswered punches. The decision to stop the bout was booed due to the small amount of time remaining in the round, although the official time of stoppage was 4:40.
In his next fight at UFC 90, Werdum was heavily favored to win but was knocked out in 1:20 of the first round via uppercut by Junior dos Santos. After the loss Werdum's contract was terminated by the UFC. Since Werdum was not contacted directly about the termination he had no idea he had been cut and initially denied the news of him no longer being in the UFC as just a rumor.
After leaving the UFC Werdum then signed with Strikeforce. He made his debut at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15, 2009, against fellow UFC veteran Mike "MAK" Kyle. He won by submission in 1:24 of the first round. Werdum followed that up with a unanimous decision victory over Antônio "Bigfoot" Silva at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.
Werdum faced former Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko on June 26, 2010, at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum. In an enormous upset victory, Werdum forced Fedor to tap via triangle/armbar 1:09 into the first round. The victory ended Emelianenko's 28-fight unbeaten streak while propelling Werdum's status up the Heavyweight rankings. He was ranked as the third best Heavyweight in MMA by Sherdog. The victory over Fedor also gave him the distinction of being the only man to hold victories over both of the Emelianenko brothers.
A rematch with Alistair Overeem took place on June 18, 2011, at Strikeforce: Dallas as part of an eight-man Heavyweight Tournament. Werdum lost to Overeem by unanimous decision. He has received some criticism for "pleading" Overeem to fight him on the ground in order to get into a position favourable to him due to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu background.
Ultimate Fighting Championship return
On November 8, 2011, Werdum made his return to the UFC via contract-signing. It was speculated that his return fight might be against Brendan Schaub, a fight he expressed an interest in. The bout, however, did not materialize.
Werdum coached opposite Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. The two met in a rematch at the conclusion of the season, on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum. He won the fight via verbal submission due to an armbar in the second round. The victory also gives him the distinction of being the only fighter to hold submission victories over both Fedor Emelianenko and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira both whom were former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champions.
Werdum faced Travis Browne at UFC on Fox 11 in a Heavyweight title eliminator bout.  Despite being a betting underdog and considered at a disadvantage in terms of striking, Werdum dominated the fight for nearly all five rounds. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
On April 29, 2014, the UFC announced that Werdum and current champion Cain Velasquez had been selected as coaches for the inaugural installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, with the two expected to face each other on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180.
On October 21, 2014, it was announced that Velasquez pulled out of the bout due to a knee injury. Werdum instead faced Mark Hunt for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 180. Despite being dropped by punches early on, he won the fight via TKO in the second round, becoming the new UFC interim Heavyweight Champion. The win also earned Werdum his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Schools and instruction
Until November 2006, Werdum was the Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach to Mirko Filipović and is associated with Team Werdum BJJ Academy, located in Zagreb, Croatia . Also until 2008 Fabricio Werdum was a BJJ head coach in Madrid, Spain for the Barcelo Boxing Gym. Werdum is currently training with Kings MMA team.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World MMA Awards
- 2010 Submission of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on June 26
- Bleacher Report
- 2010 Submission of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on June 26
- FIGHT! Magazine
- 2010 Upset of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on June 26
- 2010 Upset of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on June 26
- International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- 2004 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Gold Medalist
- 2003 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Absolute Bronze Medalist
- 2003 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Gold Medalist
- 2003 Pan American Championships Black Belt Absolute Silver Medalist
- 2003 Pan American Championships Black Belt Bronze Medalist
- 2002 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Brown Belt Bronze Medalist
- 2002 Pan American Championships Brown Belt Gold Medalist
- 2001 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Purple Belt Silver Medalist
- 2001 Pan American Championships Purple Belt Absolute Gold Medalist
- 2001 Pan American Championships Purple Belt Gold Medalist
- 2000 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Blue Belt Absolute Gold Medalist
- 2000 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Blue Belt Gold Medalist
- 2000 Pan American Championships Blue Belt Gold Medalist
- Abu Dhabi Combat Club
- 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
- 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
- 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
- 2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Bronze Medalist
- 2003 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Absolute Bronze Medalist
- 2003 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||19 wins||5 losses|
|Win||19–5–1||Mark Hunt||TKO (flying knee and punches)||UFC 180||November 15, 2014||2||2:27||Mexico City, Mexico||Won the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship; Performance of the Night.|
|Win||18–5–1||Travis Browne||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||5||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States||UFC Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||17–5–1||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||2||2:41||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||16–5–1||Mike Russow||TKO (punches)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||1||2:28||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Win||15–5–1||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 143||February 4, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||14–5–1||Alistair Overeem||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||14–4–1||Fedor Emelianenko||Submission (triangle armbar)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum||June 26, 2010||1||1:09||San Jose, California, United States||2010 Submission of the Year.|
|Win||13–4–1||Antônio Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||12–4–1||Mike Kyle||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg||August 15, 2009||1||1:24||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||11–4–1||Junior dos Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||1||1:20||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||11–3–1||Brandon Vera||TKO (punches)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||1||4:40||London, England|
|Win||10–3–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||TKO (punches)||UFC 80||January 19, 2008||2||4:34||Newcastle, England|
|Loss||9–3–1||Andrei Arlovski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||Manchester, England|
|Win||9–2–1||Alexander Emelianenko||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2H2H: Pride & Honor||November 12, 2006||1||3:24||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||8–2–1||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||Pride FC - Critical Countdown Absolute||July 1, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||8–1–1||Alistair Overeem||Submission (kimura)||Pride FC - Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||2||3:43||Osaka, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||7–1–1||John-Olav Einemo||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 31 - Dreamers||February 26, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||6–1–1||Sergei Kharitonov||Decision (split)||Pride 30||October 23, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||6–0–1||Roman Zentsov||Submission (triangle armbar)||Pride Final Conflict 2005||August 28, 2005||1||6:01||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–0–1||Tom Erikson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pride 29||February 20, 2005||1||5:29||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||4–0–1||Ebenezer Fontes Braga||KO (punch)||Jungle Fight 2||May 15, 2004||2||1:28||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||3–0–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||TKO (punches)||Jungle Fight 1||September 13, 2003||3||2:11||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||2–0–1||Kristof Midoux||Submission (triangle armbar)||WAFF 2: World Absolute Fight 2||March 22, 2003||1||4:11||Marrakech, Morocco|
|Draw||1–0–1||James Zikic||Draw||Millennium Brawl 8||September 22, 2002||3||5:00||High Wycombe, England||1 point deduction for Werdum for illegal knee to grounded opponent|
|Win||1–0||Tengiz Tedoradze||Submission (triangle choke)||Millennium Brawl 7||June 16, 2002||1||2:50||High Wycombe, England|
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