Hate ads? Creating a Tapology account = Less advertising.
Ajax loader

Br

Pro MMA Record

"Vai Cavalo"

24-9-1

Fabrício Werdum

Fabrício "Vai Cavalo" Werdum

Photo Source:  

Mma weekly

Fighter Details

  • Name: Fabrício Werdum
  • Pro MMA Record: 24-9-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Vai Cavalo
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 43 | Date of Birth: 1977.08.24
  • Last Fight: July 25, 2020 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Kings MMA
  • Height: 6'4" (193cm) | Reach: 77.0" (196cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $2,195,000 USD
  • Born: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Fighting out of: Los Angeles, California
  • Fighter Links:
  • Personal Links:

Regional Rankings Rankings FAQ

Fighting for a major organization has made Fabrício Werdum ineligible for regional rankings.

Gyms & Affiliations

Wiki

Fabrício Werdum Wiki Update Wiki

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
Wiki Contributors:

Fabrício Werdum News View All

Considerado um dos maiores cascas-grossas da história do esporte, Marco Ruas foi à... (2020-09-25 16:31:26 -0400)
Currently testing free-agency, former UFC heavyweight titleholder, Fabrício ‘Vai C... (2020-08-25 13:40:29 -0400)
Former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabrício ‘Vai Cavalo’ Werdum has long been associ... (2020-08-23 18:32:04 -0400)
Back in June 2010 – former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabríco ‘Vai Cavalo’ Werdum, ... (2020-08-20 16:49:33 -0400)
Acompanhe aqui os resultados do último evento do UFC programado para a Ilha da Lut... (2020-07-26 07:44:13 -0400)
(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live stats and full... (2020-07-25 12:39:16 -0400)

Videos & Highlights

    Documentary  |  Fabricio Werdum Gets Muay Thai Black Belt - Video report dead link

    A video of Fabricio Werdum receiving his black belt in Muay Thai from Rafael Cordero.

  • MMAFighting.com : Video: Between the Links: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, UFC 254 preview, stars of UFC Fight Island 6
  • MMA Junkie : Nathaniel Wood not on 'Fight Island' for the jet skis, ready to bring A-game to UFC 254
  • MMA Weekly : Watch Khabib submit Dustin Poirier ahead of UFC 254
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 254's Casey Kenney considers Nathaniel Wood well rounded – but 'a basic well rounded'
  • MMAFighting.com : After person writes ‘go home and die,’ Bellator’s DeAnna Bennett tells social media platforms to step up
  • UFC.com : Tai Tuivasa Ready to Get Back on Track
  • MMA Junkie : Fares Ziam calls out Bobby Green after eking out win over Mullarkey
  • MMA Junkie : PFL announces 2021 regular-season schedule with April 23 opening night
  • MMAFighting.com : PFL announces April 23 kickoff for next season on ESPN platforms
  • MMA Weekly : PFL unveils 2021 Season on ESPN
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 254 media day live now
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 254 media day video
  • MMA Junkie : 911 audio reveals mom's fear after Mike Perry allegedly assaulted ex-wife: 'I'm scared for my life'
  • MMAFighting.com : UFC 254 virtual media day
  • MMA Weekly : Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father
  • MMA Junkie : 'He was just uncontrollable': Mike Perry's ex-wife, Danielle Nickerson, speaks out on alleged abuse
  • MMA Junkie : Michael Chandler not interested in 'changing courses' to face Islam Makhachev at UFC 254
  • MMAFighting.com : Morning Report: Conor McGregor argues he was beating Khabib Nurmagomedov until the submission
  • MMA Junkie : UFC 254 free fight: Justin Gaethje batters Tony Ferguson to win interim lightweight title
  • The Athletic : Khabib Nurmagomedov usually ragdolls foes. Will Justin Gaethje be different?