Amidst reports that he was released from the UFC on November 14th, heavyweight Fabricio Werdum was either in denial or shock, initially stating that he knew nothing about his unemployment status. Now it looks as though he has come to grips with his release, and has potential new employers already lined up.
“When I first heard the rumors, I didn’t know anything,” Werdum stated. “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.”
The UFC has sent Werdum packing after he suffered a knockout loss to little known Junior Dos Santos at UFC 90 two weeks ago.
Werdum seemed to be headed towards a possible title shot after he defeated Brandon Vera at UFC 85, but with the return of Randy Couture and the official arrival of new heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the UFC felt that it was time to cut him loose.
Werdum posted a meager 2-2 record for the organization, however his release from the world’s biggest MMA organization has not deterred the Chute Boxe fighter, as he is still confident that his future is as bright as ever.
“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 (Emelianenko), in addition to (Andrei) Arlovski, Josh Barnett and several other big names. That would be a great opportunity for me,” Werdum said.