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Fabricio Werdum ditches retirement plans, wants to fight for PFL on June 24

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Fabricio Werdum, the former UFC Heavyweight champion who recently opted out of PFL 2022 tournament and was contemplating retiring from competitive mixed martial arts, has just had a change of heart, as the 44-year-old now plans to return to action in June.

Fabricio Werdum’s manager Ali Abdelaziz confirms the Brazilian’s return to PFL this summer

Werdum, who parted ways with the UFC after his last appearance in the Octagon against Alexander Gustafsson on 26th July 26, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 14, made his PFL debut against Renan Ferreira at PFL 3 on 6th May 2021, the fight which was originally a TKO victory for Ferreira but was later overturned to a No Contest after he was found to be tapping out to a triangle choke from Werdum.

Renan Ferreira def. Fabricio Werdum at 2021 PFL 3: Best photos

Back in late March, “Vai Cavalo” told Ag. Fight that he was opting out of PFL 2022 heavyweight season and was even considering to retire from the sport, and his loss of interest was partly due to the Ferreira fight.

“It’s a bit complicated to say that to a fighter after 24 years of fighting. Even my wife keeps telling me to say I’m retired, that I’m done. I tell her I won’t say it. … But talking about MMA, I think it’s hard for me to come back because it’s more dedication, staying two, three months in the United States, and I’m living in Brazil for a year and three months now. If there’s a boxing match, I’d do it. … To sum it up: boxing, yes. MMA, no. It would need to be an out-of-this-world offer to make me stop doing what I’ve been doing right now,” Werdum had said at that time. [H/T MMAFighting]

However, the Brazillian’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has confirmed that Werdum is no longer contemplating retirement and wants to comeback to the cage at a PFL event dated 24th June, a month before his 45th Birthday on 30th July.

Highlights:

  • Fabricio Werdum has made a u-turn on retirement talks and wants to compete for PFL in June
  • The former UFC Heavyweight champion last fought against Renan Ferreira at PFL 3 in May last year

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