‘I’m 43 Now but My Mind Is 28’ – Fabricio Werdum

Published 12/02/2020, 4:30 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (L-R) Fabricio Werdum of Brazil works to secure an arm bar submission against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Fabricio Werdum is a former UFC heavyweight champion. The Brazilian star, now at 43 years of age, has faced and beaten the best talent in the division. Werdum holds wins over legends such as Fedor Emelianenko, Cain Velasquez, and Alistair Overeem.

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Before signing for the PFL, Werdum faced off against Alexander Gustafsson in his last ever UFC fight. ‘Vai Cavalo’ entered the octagon with back-to-back losses against Alexander Volkov and Aleksei Oleinik. However, Werdum would put on an impressive display as he submitted the Swedish star in just the first round.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Fabricio Werdum of Brazil celebrates after his submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In conversation with SCMP MMA, Werdum explained how much the Gustafsson win meant to him. He said, “When you have a win like this, a very nice convincing win, it’s a big difference. You get sponsors, interviews, everything happens. This is very important to me, I’m very happy after the win. I mean I was very excited about this fight, in my mind it’s like a belt. The same thing I have a belt for sure after this fight.”

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Fabricio Werdum wants to be a PFL champion

Werdum now will look forward to his adventure in the PFL. The promotion presents MMA competition in a format in which individual athletes compete in a regular season, post-season, and championship.

The former champion explained his decision to test himself in the PFL. He continued, “I’m very excited because the PFL has good fighters. This gives me motivation and I don’t want to go there and just have an easy fight. It’s not true, I do not have an easy fight. How many times everybody saw one guy, like a favorite fighter and the other one is the underdog and he kills this guy. There’s no easy fight there for a professional.”

‘Vai Cavalo’ explained that he feels young mentally. Now he will look forward to getting his first PFL win.

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Werdum concluded, “My big goal is like a stretch of victories. To be a champion, I’m 40 years of age, I’m 43 now but my mind is 28. In my mind I’m a very young guy, you make your age. You can be 30 years but your mind is old, you’re very old for sure, but I’m doing it. In my mind, I’m 28 yearsnow.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Fabricio Werdum of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The former UFC champion will now look to add another belt to his collection by winning the PFL heavyweight title. The PFL also award the tournament winners of each weight class US$ 1 million.

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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