Report: Werdum Released From UFC

Fabricio Werdum. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Fabricio Werdum has reportedly left the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship after a failed contract re-negotiation period with the organization following his upset loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 according to MMA Weekly:

Sources tell that Werdum’s exit comes on the heels of a failed contract renegotiation following the loss to dos Santos. The Brazilian came into the fight with the expectation that he would soon be contending for a heavyweight title shot.

The knockout at UFC 90 derailed anything of the like in the near future, and spurred a renegotiation of his contract. Werdum and the UFC were apparently unable to come to an agreement. He has already opened talks with other promotions in the U.S. and Japan.

Rumors about Werdum’s departure started this weekend after his profile was no longer featured on the UFC’s website. I’ve also heard inklings of the UFC offering a deal that could have paid Werdum $10,000 to show and $10,000 to win but I highly doubt that those numbers are legitimate. It’s really unfortunate that the UFC decided to attempt to re-do Werdum’s contract after he signed another earlier this year. One loss shouldn’t jump start that kind of idea.


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