Fabricio Werdum Looking To Land On His Feet In Affliction


Fabricio Werdum:

“When I first heard the rumours, I didn’t know anything. I had four more fights left with them on my contract, which ran to 2010. But they demanded to renegotiate my exiting contract by cutting my pay in half … No that wasn’t an issue but its not something that benefit’s the fighters”

“It’s a pity I would have liked to continue with the UFC but now we forge ahead…I still plan to go to the United States with my family. I’m open to negotiations with Affliction, Sengoku and Dream …I’m a free agent now”

“One of the advantages of leaving the UFC is the freedom of contract, which allows fighters to work with more than one event without any problems.

“That’s very beneficial. There are several possibilities now including fighting in multiple organizations. Affliction, Sengoku and Dream are big events, but I think the possibility of fighting for Affliction in particular will give me the best chance to fight the best in the world, Fedor, in addition to (Andrei) Arlovski, Josh Barnett and several other big names …That would be a great opportunity for me”

Kind of shameful, he guy beats Brandon Vera, Gabriel Gonzaga and went the distance with Nogueria and is asked to take a 50% pay cut.

[Tatame via Free Fight Videos]


  1. derek

    November 22, 2008 at 6:56 am

    sure, fabricio has top notch BJJ, but i think he's overrated. yes, he beat gabriel gonzaga twice by TKO, but GG is nothing special. brandon vera is no longer the fighter he used to be. alistair oveereem is a good opponent, but again, nothing special. yes, i know he schooled crocop.

  2. tom

    November 22, 2008 at 7:06 am

    a lot of the heavy weightsre overrate man.. come on how was randy killing heavy weights and some Fadoris pretty small for a heavy weight.. So i think in a year more REAL HEAVY WEIGHT wil start to fight like "Brock and SHane" both of them have ther on custome gove to fight in.. and they are bth really strong and fast.

    i would love to see shane vs brock for UFC super heavy weights ha or heavy weight..

  3. tom

    November 22, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Damn i am stoned i cant write..

    but pretty soon there will be real heavy weights figting like "Brock and shane crown"..they both have specail custome gloves to fight in..They are alssuoer strong and fast..

  4. kom34

    November 22, 2008 at 7:19 am

    yeah i cant wait to see carwin and lesnar go head to head.

  5. derek

    November 22, 2008 at 7:44 am

    i would get a MMA boner if carwin ever signed to fight brock.

  6. fedor24

    November 22, 2008 at 7:51 am

    The Ufc hvw division is already weak. This just makes it more irrelevant than before.. Just like boxing, the hvwt division is the standard the ufc will be ultimatley judged by. Without Fedor, AA, Barnett etc. It is a joke PERIOD.

  7. luke

    November 22, 2008 at 9:47 am

    iI dont like the way people judge the UFC heavyweight division as though its supposed to be the top one. Who made that the rule?

    Think of all the talent that is in the welterweight, lightweight and light heavyweight divisions. Also in my opinion heavyweight fights in general never live up to the hype, i know there has been some good hw fights but most lack the excitment of the 155 lb and 170 lb fights.

  8. T.R.

    November 23, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    true, besides the hw division they have the best fighters in the world in every weight class.



    a silva







  9. zalbag

    November 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Hey Roy remember we were saying a couple of days ago, how close affliction is to being at least on prides level.

    Picture this

    Jake Shields, Eddie Alvarez, Nick Diaz, Paulo Filho all go to Affliction.

    These seem like the most realistic possibilities

    as for more unrealistic but still fairly likely.

    Tito Ortiz, Brandon Vera, Houston Alexander, Eric Schaeffer, sokodjou.

    If you look at some of the other weightclasses like lightweight and welterweight for instance you might see some talents be interested in jumping to affliction for a better shot at a belt. Plus the upside of more money. There also are quite a bit of fighters who just hate working for dana white. I could see in the future very hypothetically:


    Joe Lauzon (cannot yet compete at the top of the lw food chain maybe never will)

    Joe Stevenson(seriously when will his next title shot be)

    Tyson Griffin (just got pushed down to the bottom of the pile)

    Spencer Fisher(eventually Dana should push him out it seems like natural selection even though hes one of my fave fighters.)

    Roger Huerta(How is his and Danas relationship right now? and when is his next fight 2013)


    Koscheck (wont get a title shot anytime soon)

    Diego Sanchez (same thing).

    Yoshida(if he loses to Koscheck I think he will upset him)


    Prolly less people here because they will all be lining up for 185 after Silva Retires.



    Robbie Lawler as he would be a fitting belt holder in affliction.

    you also have to wonder what the future holds for the losers of the Rich Franklin/Dan Henderson Fight, and the Wanderlai Silva/Rampage Fight. Don't forget Chuck Liddel who would nt want to see Chuck Liddel knock the Blonde off Tito Ortiz one last time in AFFliction (well apparantley not that many on our site)

  10. zalbag

    November 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Anyway I just like to dream on this because two very good organizations would be so good for MMA and also good for us fans. Its likely that either none of those fighters go or it could be that Affliction catches on and attains alot of good talent. If they could homegrow their talent like the UFC does sometimes that would really be the best thing for them though. Affliction is still so new If they had one more top ten p4p fighter at another weight besides HW then they could probably stay pretty serious based off that.

  11. Luke

    November 24, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I don think the loser of Hendo/Franklin will have to worry about where they will fight next. Both will have a job in UFC for as long as their career lasts. Same goes for Rampage and Wand.

    Jake Shields should go to UFC. They have the best 170 lb fighters at the moment, i cant see him going to affliction when they have a limited amount of welterweights, the only plausable fight for Sheilds would be Jay Herion but where do you go from there.

    Robbie Lawler is a great fighter who can sell tickets no matter where he goes, i see a huge stack of promoters trying to sign him.

    Also Zalbag i dont think you could count Tyson Griffin out of the 155 picture yet. He is still young with great skills he just fell short of the bigger and better Sherk. Yes he may have fallen off the ladder but it only takes a win over someone credible to get back up there.

  12. zalbag

    November 24, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Yeah and your right these things are all true I just like to speculate at the greatest Lengths to prove that it is very possible afflicition could become much more solid at the drop of a hat.

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