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Fabricio Werdum Faces Facts


(‘A contract with the UFC? I’m set for life! What could possibly go wrong now?’)

Former UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum didn’t appear to realize he’d been fired from the organization even after several media outlets reported the news. At first we thought maybe his manager (also known as his sister) hadn’t told him for fear that he’d finally realize what a mistake it had been to hire her. Or perhaps he was just in denial. But now Werdum is facing the difficult realities of the situation, and judging by what he told Tatame, the UFC didn’t make much of an effort to come to terms with him:

“When I first heard the rumours, I didn’t know anything. I had four more fights left with them on my contract, which ran to 2010. But they demanded to renegotiate my existing contract by cutting my pay in half” revealed the heavyweight. Adding also that his departure had nothing to do with the video game licensing dispute. “No that wasn’t an issue but its not something that benefit’s the fighters”

“I‘m a free agent now. One of the advantages of leaving the UFC is the freedom of contract, which allows fighters to work with more than one event without any problems. That’s very beneficial. There are several possibilities now including fighting in multiple organizations. Affliction, Sengoku and Dream are big events, but I think the possibility of fighting for Affliction in particular will give me the best chance to fight the best in the world, Fedor, in addition to (Andrei) Arlovski, Josh Barnett and several other big names …That would be a great opportunity for me.”

So let me see if I understand this. The UFC signs you to a contract stipulating how much they’ll pay you to fight, plus how much they’ll pay you to win, over a certain number of fights. After dropping one to Arlovski, you’re moving right along, beating Gabriel Gonzaga and later Brandon Vera‘s overpriced ass. Then you lose a fight you were expected to win, and suddenly they want to renegotiate in the middle of a contract to give you half what both parties had previously agreed to. When your sister balks at that suggestion, they go ahead and fire you altogether. There, I think that about covers it.

Best of luck getting on with Affliction, Fabricio. I hear they still need someone to fight Josh Barnett. Tell your sister to go head and ask for Tim Sylvia money, but be willing to settle for whatever they offer. Otherwise you’ll run out of options sooner than you think.

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Tuf Nuts- November 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm
Get off his nuts. He get knocked the fuck out!
Anonymous- November 24, 2008 at 6:55 pm
Cote was 0-4 and Couture was 4-5.
Losing is not a crime in the UFC.
Its who you know and who you blow.

>I had four more fights left with them on my contract, which ran to >2010. But they demanded to renegotiate my existing contract by >cutting my pay in half”

Absolutely the best example why there should be more than one org.
Why even bother have contracts?

If an athlete gets ripped for not respecting contracts, it should work the other way too.
cr_trinity- November 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm
Oh and why did www.cagepotato.com take down their latest poll concerning people's opinions on the Liddell/ Couture IV debacle? Why is that?
cr_trinity- November 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Exactly! But the UFCE is not aiming for NHB and MMA fans as much as they aiming for Marks who believe they're too old or too "smart" for the WWE and believe they're moving on to something "real".

But when the best are not put up against the best because the lowest common denominator have problems with a fighter's aesthetic appearance and abilities stylistically any pretense the UFCE claims to have of being a sport goes out the fucking window.

Let's hear the quasi coherent ramblings of the Nu Skool TUF Faggots as they try to defend their emotional attachment to the fighters they have man love over in the same way Rassling Marks do for their "wrestlers".
ufc sucks- November 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm
if they keep firing guys who get knocked out then who the fuck is left.
i think everyone in the ufc career has been ko'd at least once in other orgs. yet when liddell gets ko'd by rampage, evans and a few other nothing
Anonymous- November 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm
@ Jugger having bobby Southworth as your LH champ makes strrikeforce look bad, the more fights and more match-ups we get to see the better and the closer we get to sweeing who the real best are
Anonymous- November 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm
I wouldn't have bought that lame card if werdum wasn't on it.
Anonymous- November 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm
Werdum probabally got fired for not having a six pack thats how fucking gay the UFC is, fuck em. he wins that dos anos fight 9 times out of 10.
stax- November 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm
When affliction eventually goes tits up maybe werdum should follow the example of the former fighter formerly known as jon koppenhaver and change his name to fax machine in hopes of getting his fat ass employed
Sodak- November 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm
Thats bullshit! he belongs with affliction anyway with the other best fighters in the world. Wonder if chuck was asked to get his salary cut in half when RamPage KOd him i highly doubt it.
Jugger- November 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm
It wasn't just that Werdum lost his last fight. It's who he lost to and how absolutely poor his showing was.

And speaking of "non-exclusive" contracts. I realize the fighters like it because it gives them more options, and fans like it because it gives some fighters the ability to fight more times a year, but...

Take, for instance, Renato Sobral. He won the Strikeforce 205 belt this past weekend. He's scheduled to fight Matt Lindland at Affliction's upcoming show (it's rumored that htis fight will go down at 185). If Babalu loses to Lindlan, doesn't that make Strikeforce look bad?
b.d.w.- November 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm
werdum showing up fat, out of shape,boring and complaining too much probably didnt help much either. there are 2 sides to a contract. the ufc signed the 235lb dynamic looking fighter out of pride and cut the 260lb undeperforming one. it looked more like to me that wedum is the one who didnt live up to his end of the contract. werdum held his fate in his own hands and he blew it. him saying he didnt know that he had been cut, but knew that the ufc was wanting to cut his pay is a farce. did he think they were going to keep him after he refused?
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