Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will make his PFL debut against Renan Ferreira in the PFL 3 main event on May 6th.
Werdum fought out his contract in the UFC and signed a deal with the PFL last year. He parted ways with his former promotion on a high after submitting Alexander Gustafsson in the first-round at UFC Fight Island 3. Having competed in some of the best promotions in the world, such as PRIDE, Strikeforce and the UFC, the 43 year old says he’s excited for his PFL debut.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Werdum said that his goal is to become the PFL heavyweight champion.
“It’s very exciting because I fought for UFC for a long time, … I fought in Strikeforce, in PRIDE, different events in Brazil, too – Jungle Fight – and the PFL I like because, you know, I have different events to go, but I like the PFL because the season is amazing,” Werdum said. “I’m 43 years old and, uh, maybe one more year, maybe two. I don’t know yet, you know, but I like that when the guys say, ‘this season.’
“You have to fight, win, again win, win to be a champion, you know, and they have the bonus – you win $1 million. This is amazing, you know? This for sure is good, too, but just because I want to fight more, you know? I want to fight like maybe four times in a very short time. This is my my big goal now because I did everything. I fought in the UFC, the champion. The jiu-jitsu champion, ADCC champion. My next goal now is to be a PFL champion.”
Hard To Give Up
Werdum understands that his career is coming to an end, but the idea of giving up fighting is difficult to digest for the Brazilian.
“It’s so hard man, to us like a fighter, to stop the fight,” Werdum said. “Because every time I say to my wife – four years ago I said, ‘No, I’ve stopped. This is the last one, last one, last one,’ every time, and I never stop, and it’s so hard to stop doing [the thing] you like. This is my life. I love to fight, you know? Why do I have to stop? I stand now because I’m 43, almost – yeah I think that I want to be a champion like at 44.
“I’m very excited for the very quick fights and the end, like one more belt, you know? This is amazing. One more belt for my career.”
Do you think Fabricio Werdum can go on to win the 2021 PFL heavyweight tournament?