Last month, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum completed the final fight in his UFC contract by defeating Alexander Gustafsson by submission in Round 1.
With that win, he left the company as a highly-touted free agent. His name recognition is enough for many MMA promotions to sign him.
His former opponents like Fedor Emelianenko and Marlon Vera have already called him out for a rematch and Fabricio Werdum stated that his manager Ali Abdelaziz will decide which route the former heavyweight champion will take.
“Next step in my career, I want to make like superfights,” Werdum told MMA Junkie. “Maybe a Fedor fight. Maybe I go to ONE FC. I have a lot of options. Bellator. Ali talked with the guys, the organizations, and I’m just waiting because, you know, I’m young. My mind is young. This is very important. I’m 43 years old, but I’m not feeling that. I just want to fight again and again and again.
“It’s so hard when I say, ‘stop fighting.’ Everybody says that. I’m going to stop. I’m going to retire. But it’s so hard for us to stop the fight because this is my life. I love fighting. For sure, the money is very important, too – the money for sure, 100 percent. But now I just fight because I like this. This is my life. I want to fight again. I’m ready.”
Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabricio Werdum?
Fabricio Werdum defeated Fedor Emelianenko almost a decade ago at a Strikeforce event. He defeated the Russian legend via a triangle armbar submission in Round 1.
“Fedor, I think everybody wants to see this fight. Maybe Russia, maybe USA, I don’t know, but I think this is a good deal for the organization, and I respect him a lot.
“I respect Fedor. I never said nothing about him. Zero. Nothing. For sure, I saw two days ago, he said something about the rematch, and I love this. Maybe. Why not the rematch? I don’t know if he’ll retire after that, but I’ll keep going for sure like two years more.”
Werdum didn’t rule out the idea of fighting Brandon Vera either. The fought back in 2008 at UFC 85. In that fight, he knocked out Vera in Round 1. Vera is currently signed to ONE Championship.
“Brandon Vera is my son, man,” Werdum said. “I beat him. He is my son. He is scared, for sure. When I go to ONE FC, I’ll take his belt. Maybe not even fight – just give me the belt, please.
“I love belts. This is a beautiful belt. I’m just waiting for Ali to say something, but I’m ready.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
Who do you guys want to see Fabricio Werdum fight?