July 30, 1977 |
Porto Alegre, Brazil
|Other names||Go Horse (Vai Cavalo)|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||246 lb (112 kg; 17 st 8 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Judo|
|Fighting out of||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
Kings MMAWerdum Combat Team
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Octavio Couto
2nd degree black belt in |
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, a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, a two-time ADCC 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 Fighting Championships, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and made his Strikeforce debut on August 15, 2009. He was the first fighter to decisively defeat Fedor Emelianenko in a mixed martial arts fight. Werdum is currently ranked the #3 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Early life 
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Werdum started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after a recommendation from his ex-girlfriend. He trained with Marcio Corleta at the Porto Alegre Academy, Winner Behring. After success in competitive BJJ 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 BJJ in Madrid and other cities of Spain. Despite only training with white and blue belts, he became BJJ World Champion, being promoted to the rank of black belt by Master Sylvio Behring 3 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 FC 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 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 KO'ed 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 Antonio Silva at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.
Werdum faced former Pride FC 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 is expected to coach, opposite Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, with the two expected to rematch at the conclusion of the season, on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.
Schools and instruction 
Until November 2006, Werdum was the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach to Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic 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 the Chute Boxes MMA team.
Championships and Accomplishments 
Mixed martial arts 
- 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
Submission grappling 
- 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
Personal life 
Fabricio has one daughter with his wife Karine.
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||16 wins||5 losses|
|Win||16–5–1||Mike Russow||TKO (punches)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||1||2:28||Belo Horizonte, 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||KO (punches)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||1||1:21||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||11–3–1||Brandon Vera||TKO (punches)||UFC 85||June 7, 2008||1||4:40||London, United Kingdom|
|Win||10–3–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||TKO (punches)||UFC 80||January 19, 2008||2||4:34||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
|Loss||9–3–1||Andrei Arlovski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|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 Critical Countdown Absolute||July 1, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||8–1–1||Alistair Overeem||Submission (kimura)||Pride Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||2||3:43||Osaka, Osaka, Japan||2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||7–1–1||John-Olav Einemo||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 31||February 26, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||6–1–1||Sergei Kharitonov||Decision (split)||Pride 30||October 23, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||6–0–1||Roman Zentsov||Submission (triangle armbar)||Pride Final Conflict 2005||August 28, 2005||1||6:01||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–0–1||Tom Erikson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pride 29||February 20, 2005||1||5:29||Saitama, 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|
See also 
- "Werdum gets his 2nd degree black belt before Fedor fight!". GrapplingWeekly. June 22, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- Shnerer, Ariel (June 25, 2010). "Preview of Fedor-Werdum, Strikeforce card". MSN.FoxSports.com. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- "Werdum Pessimistic About the Conclusion of Strikeforce GP, Receives Black Belt in Muay Thai". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
- "Fabricio Werdum joins Strikeforce heavyweight roster".
- Cory Brady. "Fabricio Werdum shocks Fedor Emelianenko, submits legend in first round".
- Lineal title at stake on Showtime
- Few easy paths to linear titles
- "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. December 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- Sylvio Behring Official Black Belt Family Tree URL accessed on October 21, 2010.
- http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Fedor-Emelianenko-1500 Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography, and More – Sherdog.com
- http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2010/6/26/1539463/strikeforce-fedor-vs-werdum – Strikeforce Fedor vs Werdum Results – Fedor Emelianenko Taps Out to Fabricio Werdum – Bloody Elbow
- Pugmire, Lance. Strikeforce: Fabricio Werdum defeats Fedor Emelianenko in shocker, The Los Angeles Times, June 26, 2010, retrieved July 12, 2010
- "Fedor Emelianenko aims for the "United Russia" spot in Belgorod Regional Congress; Training camp Pictures".
- "Strikeforce officially announces April's "Diaz vs. Daley," grand prix event for June". mmajunkie.com. March 2, 2011.
- "UFC 141 – Fabricio Werdum rumoured to be facing Brendan Schaub December 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada". mmabay.co.uk. November 8, 2011.
- "Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum slotted for UFC 143 in February". mmajunkie.com. December 14, 2011.
- Ariel Helwani (March 9, 2012). "Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow Slated for June". mmafighting.com. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Staff (2013-03-12). "Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum official for UFC on FUEL TV 10". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- Conheça o novo treinador do TUF Brasil 2, Fabrício Werdum Em vídeo divulgado pelo UFC, o brasileiro Fabrício Werdum, que junto com Rodrigo Minotauro, serão os novos treinadores da segunda edição do reality show de lutas do UFC, The Ultimate Fighter Brasil, conta como será sua participação no programa.
- My wife Karine is already with 8 months. Her birth is expected to be in the next two weeks. I´m very ansious because it´s my first daughter. We already arranged all her room, I´m kind of silly with all this thing.
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