Not So Fast, Werdum

Written by Tom Ngo
November 29th, 2008

After finally admitting, or coming to the realization, that he was released from the UFC, heavyweight Fabricio Werdum hinted that he was in the negotiating process with Affliction Entertainment. Werdum was hoping to have a contract signed in time to be able to compete at the promotion’s second MMA event on January 24th. It now appears as though he won’t be competing on that card, or any of Affliction’s cards, based on his asking price.

Earlier this week, Werdum stated that, “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.”

According to a report by Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com, Werdum’s camp reached out to Affliction management trying to bring the fighter to the organization.

However, as inquisitive conversations turned into negotiations, McNeil stated that the salary that Werdum’s camp demanded was, “off the charts.”

McNeil stated that as of now, there are no plans for the two sides to resume talks and that, “Werdum will not be competing for Affliction.”
The UFC had sent Werdum packing after he suffered a knockout loss to little known Junior Dos Santos at UFC 90 three weeks ago.  The Chute Boxe fighter posted a meager 2-2 record for the organization.

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