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"Vai Cavalo"

18-5-1

Fabrício Werdum

Fabrício "Vai Cavalo" Werdum

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  • Name: Fabrício Werdum
  • Professional MMA Record: 18-5-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Vai Cavalo
  • Current Streak: 4 Wins
  • Age: 37 | Date of Birth: 1977.08.24
  • Last Fight: April 19, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 232.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Kings MMA
  • Height: 6'4" (194cm) | Reach: 77.0" (196cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $570,000 USD
  • Born: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Los Angeles, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Long considered one of the most gifted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters in MMA, Fabricio Werdum was unable to crack the upper echelon of the world top ten rankings for many years. After first gaining attention as the Jiu-Jitsu trainer of Mirko Cro Cop, he lost a close decision to highly rated Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Unquestionably a highly skilled fighter, Werdum held career victories over world class talent like Gabriel Gonzaga (twice), Aleksander Emelianenko, Antonio Silva and Alistair Overeem, yet continued to dwell beneath the radar in the minds of many fans. Few thought of him as a legitimate threat to take a major world title in the heavyweight division, especially after being knocked out by a then unknown Junior Dos Santos resulting in his termination from the UFC.


That all changed when Werdum was matched up with the greatest heavyweight fighter in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko, in June of 2010. Werdum entered the fight as a massive underdog, but he exuded confidence in the days leading up to the bout. At just 1:09 into the contest, Werdum accomplished what ten years of great fighters had failed to accomplish, forcing “The Last Emperor” to tap out to a tight Triangle Choke/ Armbar combination that left the MMA world in shock. The victory was not only the most significant of Werdum’s career by a large margin, but one of the most important in MMA history, and signaled the passing of an era in the heavyweight division. The sky is now the limit for “Vai Cavalo,” who is assured top billing for at least a few years to come. However, Werdum did not have the same success immediately after the fight, first missing about a year with a shoulder injury. When he returned he lost a close decision in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix to Alistair Overeem.

 

Prior to his trials in professional mixed martial arts competition, Werdum was a world-renowned Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, having won world titles in the BJJ World Championships and the ADCC heavyweight division. Werdum reportedly began his life in the martial arts after being humiliated by getting beat up in front of his girlfriend. Fast forwarding to two decades later, that embarrassed young man is now a professional MMA fighter with a win over Fedor Emelianenko.

Like almost every Brazilian, Werdum used to play soccer. He was a defender, this position is also known as "Vai Cavalo" (Go horse) in Rio Grande do Sul (State that he grew up). That's how Werdum got his nickname by being very good defender in soccer.


Werdum returned to the UFC in 2012 with a Unanimous Decision victory over Roy Nelson that was also the Fight of the Night. He would follow up with a first round TKO of Mike Russow. Werdum would then face off against Big Nog in the finale of the second season of the Ultimate Fighter in Brazil. Werdum was able to submit Nog in the second round by a submission only the second time Big Nog had lost by submission.

Last updated 04.09.2014, 1:55 PM ET
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Fabrício Werdum Heavyweight Ranking History

Fabrício Werdum MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Cain Velasquez

UFC 180: Velasquez vs. Werdum
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2014.11.15
Odds: +355 Moderate Underdog
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Travis Browne
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.04.19
Odds: +190 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $175,000 ($125K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 232.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:41 Round 2 of 5, 7:41 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum 2
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.06.08
Odds: -275 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
#9 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:28 Round 1 of 3

Mike Russow
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.06.23
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Roy Nelson
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.02.04
Odds: -160 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $165,000 ($100K Base, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 143 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alistair Overeem
Ref: Leon Roberts

Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 265 lbs

2011.06.18
Odds: +255 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 246.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
1:09 Round 1 of 3

Fedor Emelianenko
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.06.26
Odds: +405 Heavy Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 238.5 lbs
#3 Greatest Submission of All Time
#2 Biggest Upset of All Time
#11 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#2 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antônio Silva
Ref: Todd Frederickson

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.11.07
Odds: -158 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
1:24 Round 1 of 3

Mike Kyle
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.08.15
Odds: -511 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 228.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:21 Round 1 of 3

Junior Dos Santos
Ref: Marc Fennell

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.10.25
Odds: -650 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 256.0 lbs
#24 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#20 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 90 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:40 Round 1 of 3

Brandon Vera
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 85: Bedlam
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.06.07
Odds: +163 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 247.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:34 Round 2 of 3, 9:34 Total

Gabriel Gonzaga
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 80: Rapid Fire
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.01.19
Odds: +200 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 247.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Andrei Arlovski
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 70: Nations Collide
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.04.21
Odds: -110 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Base | Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke

Aleksander Emelianenko

Netherlands Regional

2006.11.12
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2006.07.01
Odds: +353 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Shoulder
3:43 Round 2 of 2, 13:43 Total

Alistair Overeem
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Total Elimination Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2006.05.05
Odds: -115 Near Even | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

John Olav Einemo
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride 31: Unbreakable
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.02.26
Odds: -160 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Sergei Kharitonov
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride 30: Fully Loaded
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.10.23
Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
6:01 Round 1 of 3

Roman Zentsov
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.08.28
Odds: -1100 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
5:11 Round 1 of 3

Tom Erikson
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride 29: Fists of Fire
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.02.20
Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Ebenezer Fontes Braga

Jungle Fight

2004.05.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Gabriel Gonzaga

Jungle Fight

2003.09.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Kristof Midoux

WAFF 2

2003.03.22
Draw

James Zikic

MB 8

2002.09.22
Win | Submission | Choke

Tengiz Tedoradze

MB 7

2002.06.16

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