Fabricio Werdum has finally been delivered justice by the New Jersey State Athletic Control board following a controversial loss to Renan Ferreira in his PFL debut last week.
Fabricio Werdum had submitted Renan Ferreira but that was missed by the referee and later Ferreira knocked out Werdum.
Following the fight, Werdum’s manager Ali Abdelaziz hounded the New Jersey State Athletic Control board and praised them for immediately overturning the fight into a ‘No Contest’ after a review.
Ali Abdelaziz also praised referee Keith Peterson for not having an ego and immediately accepting his mistake.
“All credit to Keith Peterson, when he saw the video, he mentioned to Nick Lembo, ‘He tapped,’ Abdelaziz said. “I believe this is one of the best commissions in the country, and not because he ruled my way. I’m just grateful for Nick Lembo and the New Jersey commission for making history, and now I’d like to see every other commission, if they make a wrong decision, know it’s OK to correct it. This is why Keith Peterson is, in my opinion, one of the best referees in the world. He does not have an ego.
“This is one of the most proud moments of my career. It’s not like I did a good job, I just wasn’t going to lay off it until justice was served.
Fabricio Werdum praises commission and Keith Peterson
Fabricio Werdum was extremely happy with the result being overturned by the commission and he praised both the commission and the referee.
“First I want to thank the New Jersey Athletic Commission, Mr. Nick Lembo and Mr. Larry Hazzard for working fast to put together all the necessary information and evidences about my last fight. I want to thank the referee Mr. Keith Peterson for his cooperation and honesty. Thank you @pflmma for giving the Commission everything they needed to make the decision. I’m very thankful and grateful for my family, my team, my fans and everyone that has stood by my side, giving me support. The good always wins,” Fabricio Werdum posted on Instagram.
Fabricio Werdum signed with PFL last year after completing the final fight in the UFC contract. Werdum defeated former light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson at ESPN on UFC 14 last July.