Fabricio Werdum: ‘I feel like a company guy now’
Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is to headline the upcoming UFC Fight Night in London and meet Alexander Volkov in the headliner. Werdum is looking for his third straight victory and a title shot against Stipe Miočić.
“I’m very happy to be in the UFC and with my fight purses too,” he told MMAjunkie. “I’m happy to be a company guy.”
“Realistically, I have to be a company guy,” he said. “It makes a difference – to fight and defend the company where you work.”
In addition to the Reebok issue, Werdum also found himself in an ugly altercation with UFC welterweight Colby Covington in November.
“I had some problems with Colby (Covington), who’s an insignificant fighter,” said Werdum, who had a familiar beef with UFC interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson at a 2017 luncheon. “I didn’t provoke him. He’s the one who called me a ‘Brazilian animal.’
“For me, that’s in the past. He’s a nobody. He’s never won anything. He only talks crap. He badmouths an entire country – so he has zero credit. I compare him to someone who first arrives in America with no credit. He’s a guy with no credit. He’s never been a champion. I think he was brave to provoke me like that, but he was also stupid. If it happened in Brazil, I would have beat the hell out of him, so he’d learn to respect another country. But that’s in the past now, as is Ferguson.”
“I don’t provoke anyone, and I don’t badmouth anyone,” he said. “But if they do it to me, I will answer. I won’t be quiet. My mother taught me that if I get beat up on the streets, I’ll get beat up at home too. So I don’t bring insults home. If someone tells me something, I’ll respond in kind. I never start.
“I even explained this all to (UFC President) Dana White recently. I’m very happy to have my commentator job back. I love doing it in Spanish since I’m fluent. I lived in Spain for several years. I have a Spanish passport. So I enjoy it. I have a lot of fans who were very happy to see me back in the booth. I received thousands of notes supporting me. Latin Americans, also in the United States, supported by return.”
“Without a doubt, the business side (of my MMA career) is very important,” Werdum said. “I feel like a company guy now. I understand the organization now. For example, Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – I understand why they booked that. It’s something the fans welcome – two champions from two weight classes.
“I’m looking forward to watching it or commentating. And if I can fight on the same card, I’ll do that too.”