“I Wasn’t Happy”- Fabricio Werdum Reflects Upon His “Horrible” Last Fight

Published 05/16/2020, 7:27 AM EDT


UFC Heavyweight veteran Fabricio Werdum made his comeback to the Octagon at UFC 249. In a fight where “Vai Cavalo” started off much later than he wanted to, the result did not go in his favor.

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He returned to fight the same opponent, Alexey Oleynik, before he faced a two-year suspension. The fight ended with Oleynik emerging the victor by way of decision.

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Of course, a loss is never easy to be okay with. However, losing is not the only factor that irked Werdum. While he let go of the first round because of a rocky start, he attempted to bridge the gap in rounds 2 and 3. Here’s what he said at the post-fight conference:

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“I wasn’t happy, of course. It’s horrible. No one’s happy with a loss. Even if I had won, I would be happy with the win, but not happy with my performance, you know? I know I can do more. I’m 42, but I know I can do a lot more. It’s the worst when you know you can do more but couldn’t do it. Especially because everything that happened, this whole situation[coronavirus].”

Here’s why Fabricio Werdum could have done much better

Fabricio returned to the Octagon after a break of 2 years. To return after such a long period of inactivity to faceoff against a Russian elite without proper training is not an ideal situation at all. And this is something that the 42-year-old believes as well.

However, that is not all. Besides the fact that he could not carry out his weight training and sparring sessions, Werdum also had a problem with his finger at the beginning of the fight. This was quite apparent, as one could see him adjusting his glove quite frequently. Regarding that, he said,

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“People thought I was fixing my glove but no, I was putting my finger back in place.”

Nevertheless, the former Heavyweight Champion aims to come back with a bang and make a statement loud enough for everyone to hear. “I showed I can take a punch, you have to do a lot to defeat me. I’ll never quit. I’ll come back with everything to show I still have it.”

Strong determination from “Vai Cavalo”! Do you think he will be able to carry out his mission efficiently?

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