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Zuffa Strikeforce Purchase Tidbit of the Day: The UFC Tried to Sign Fabricio Werdum After He Beat Fedor

(“Strikeforce is the best….Sorry, I just can’t say it with a straight face.”)

Now that UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC has bought Strikeforce nuggets like *the buying price for Strikeforce was $40-million* and *Pro Elite was one of the frontrunners for taking over the San Jose-based organization before DW and the Fertittas swooped in and bought Scott Coker’s baby*.

One of the more interesting behind the scenes tidbits today comes from an interview Tatame did with Fabricio Werdum regarding Zuffa’s latest belt notch. Werdum reveals that following his June 26, 2010 upset win over Fedor Emelianenko, he received a call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to see if and when he was available to negotiate. “Vai Cavalo” was inexplicably dropped by Silva following a KO loss at UFC 90 in October 2008 to up-and-comer Junior dos Santos. In his two bouts prior, the Sylvio Behring BJJ black belt defeated Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera by TKO. Rumor has it, Werdum, whose contract ended with the dos Santos fight asked for more money than the UFC felt he was worth and was handed his walking papers.

“Now I can say, right?” laughs Werdum. “Joe Silva told me to call him as soon as I was ‘free’…to call him to negotiate, but now we’re at the same home again.”

Since he was being completely honest, Werdum also admitted that the promotion he spent the last year-and-a-half fighting for wasn’t really all it was cracked up to be.

“Strikeforce was doing well, growing strongly, but let’s face the facts, the UFC is the best of the world —  a stronger brand,” Werdum explains matter-of-factly. “You have to unite with the best.”

I’m no lawyer and I’m not sure if a phone call to enquire about the availability of a fighter constitutes tampering or tortious interference and even if it does. Besides that, Mark Cuban is over his frivolous anti-UFC lawsuit phase and HDNet just got UFC credentials, so who would bring about a lawsuit now that Strikeforce is Zuffa-owned?

I seem to remember hearing years ago that Frank Shamrock owns some SF shares…

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philoebeddoe- March 15, 2011 at 7:37 am
Werdum is back home!!! Via con Dios carnal.
DangadaDang- March 15, 2011 at 6:42 am
Shocking fact: Dana White is a fucking snake.
Nintendong- March 15, 2011 at 6:07 am
"I’m no lawyer and I’m not sure if a phone call to enquire about the availability of a fighter constitutes tampering or tortious interference and even if it does"

First off spell check is your friend. Second, can we stop trying to drum up some drama where none exists? I know you guys are still butt hurt about Zuffa denying you press credentials, but come on.
radiobaby- March 15, 2011 at 12:24 am
wtf pro elite still exists?
Pen Fifteen- March 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm
At least, who ever wrote this article avoids using the term "anyhoo," which is more than you can say for the Eliot Marshall article. When I read that I thought that an 85 year old woman from North Dakota must have called the CP offices wanting her quaint malapropism back.
eskal- March 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Why is the grammar so stank in this article?
intercept440- March 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm
overeem is going to hit him so hard his unborn kids will miscarry in his nuts
RwilsonR- March 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm
Pen Fifteen - I think you are pretty close on his pay numbers. If I rememebr correctly, it was somewhere in the 75/75 or 100/100 range.
PERPATRAITOR- March 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Ubereem is going to fuck him up with the quickness.
Pen Fifteen- March 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Also, it's great to be back, given that my old account name/email apparently got put on the CP blacklist during the WordPress transition. It took me a while to figure out that "registration disabled" is code-speak for "go fuck yourself."
Pen Fifteen- March 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Werdum's firing never seemed that shocking to me. I haven't been able to find salary information for any of his Zuffa fights, but it wouldn't surprise me that as a name heavyweight he was being paid 100/100. He may have beaten Gonzaga and Vera before the JDS fight, but he had also lost to Arlovski, making him 2-2, and not exactly looking like a world beater. Given that Gonzaga is a gatekeeper now and Vera dropped to LHW and got fired, it seems to me that the UFC made a wise call in dropping him. And does anyone think he stands a chance against Overeem? Werdum has yet to show he can punch his way out of a paper bag.
Mike Russell- March 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Tatame said they were trying to sign him and that Joe Silva left the convo with "Well then, call me when you CAN negotiate."
amsterdamheavy- March 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Always thought it was fucked up that they let Werdum go after JDS knocked him out. Werdum is good people as far as I can tell, a genuinely nice guy.
RwilsonR- March 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Uhh... you even said in your article that they were simply contacting him to see if he was available to negotiate. Seeing if he was available to negotiate is the appropriate form of contact. If he said he cannot and they pursued it, then maybe they would be in violation.
MMA42- March 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm
"Well look who comes crawling back now."

"Fabricio, we bought Strikeforce..."

"I care not! I missed you!