Fabricio Werdum won’t be competing in the 2022 PFL season and may end up retiring.
Werdum was a glaring omission from the list of heavyweights set for this season. “Vai Cavalo” was a big signing for PFL in 2021, so his absence left many puzzled. As it turns out, we could be reaching the end of Werdum’s pro MMA career.
Fabricio Werdum Calls It A Career?
Speaking to AG.Fight, Fabricio Werdum revealed that he’s been taking retirement into consideration (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“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.”
Back in May 2021, Werdum made his PFL debut against Renan Ferreira. The bout ended in controversy as Werdum made Ferreira tap via triangle choke but referee Keith Peterson didn’t see it. This allowed Ferreira to capitalize and score the TKO finish. Upon further review, the bout result was changed to a No Contest.
Werdum was expected to meet Brandon Sayles at PFL 6 but he still hadn’t fully recovered from his bout with Ferreira.