Nick Name: Vai Cabaro
Weight Class: Heavyweight
Weight: 247 lbs
Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
MMA Record: 11-4-1
(4/21/07) Werdum lost to
by unanimous decision at the end of the Third
UFC 80: (1/19/08) Werdum defeated
Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO at
4:34 in the Second Round.
UFC 85: (6/7/08) Werdum defeated
by TKO at 4:40 in the First Round.
(10/25/08) Werdum lost
to Junior dos Santos by KO (Strikes) at 1:20 in the First Round.
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
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