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Nick Name: Vai Cabaro

Weight Class: Heavyweight

DOB: 7/30/77

Height: 6.4

Weight: 247 lbs

Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

MMA Record: 11-4-1

UFC History:

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Werdum started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after a recommendation from his ex-girlfriend. He trained with Marcio Corletta at the Porto Alegre Academy, Winner Behring. After success in competitive BJJ and submission wrestling, he started his career in MMA. He arrived to Spain, to join his family who had moved to the city of Madrid, some years before. At the age of 17, soon after his arrival to Spain. when he was just a purple belt, he started spreading the art of BJJ in Madrid and other cities of Spain, and despite training with white belts, he became BJJ World Championship, being promoted black belt by Silvio Behring 3 years later.

In 2005, Werdum made his PRIDE debut against Tom Erikson, winning by submission. He accumulated a record of 3-1 before entering the 2006 PRIDE Open-weight Grand Prix. His first match of the tournament was against Dutch kickboxer Alistair Overeem, winning via kimura in the second round. He then faced former Pride FC (and the current UFC) heavyweight champion, Ant�nio Rodrigo Nogueira in the quarter finals, losing via decision.

Fabricio then had a short stint in 2 Hot 2 Handle, facing Aleksander Emelianenko in a Heavyweight bout, beating the Russian by submission.

Until November, 2006, Werdum was the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović and is associated with Team Werdum BJJ Academy, located in Zagreb, Croatia. Werdum is currently training with the Chute Boxe MMA team

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