Ali Abdelaziz Claims Fabricio Werdum Won’t Retire From MMA, But He Will Never Compete In UFC Again
It looks like the former Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum says goodbye to the UFC. According to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, “Vai Cavalo” probably plans to continue his MMA career in some Russian promotion. (h/t MMAMania.com)
“I think Fabricio’s done. You’ll never see him in the UFC again,” Abdelaziz told MMA Fighting. “They need to do what they need to do, but at the end of the day, Fabricio has to do whatever he needs to do for his family. After his suspension ends and he comes back, he’ll be 43. What is he going to do? If they open a senior league, we’ll wait. I think Fabricio will be fighting in Russia (next), to be honest with you. I need the UFC’s blessing for this. I want their blessing.”
Fabricio Werdum is known as the owner of one of the most surprising victories in the history of MMA. He shocked the world at Strikeforce in 2010, when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko via triangle armbar. “Vai Cavalo” is the only man who forced the Russian legend to surrender.
Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC) is also one of the best submission specialists in the history of UFC. He miraculously defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC On Fuel TV 10 via armbar and choked out Cain Velasquez at UFC 188.
USADA suspended Fabricio Werdum for 2 years back in September 2018, so he won’t be able to step inside the Octagon until 2020. His out-of-competition sample was tested positive for trenbolone and epitrenbolone, due to of that penalty he was forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night 136 clash versus Alexey Oleynik.
What do you think where will Fabricio Werdum continue his MMA career? There are great Russian MMA promotions – Akhmat Fight Club, M-1 Global, ACB, Fight Night Global, and many others.