Height 6 ft 4 in (192 cm)
Weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Nationality Brazilian Born
Town of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Team/Association Chute Boxe Academy
Fighting style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 2
By submission 6
Fabricio Werdum is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter. He was Mirko Filipović's coach in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu until November of 2006. Werdum has a professional MMA record of 9-3-1 as of April 21, 2007. Although he lost to Sergei Kharitonov in 2005, he advanced to the second stage of PRIDE Fighting Championships' Absolute Grand Prix, with an impressive submission victory over Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem. Werdum lost his next match, however, via unanimous decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE-Critical Countdown Absolute on July 1, 2006. He was on the point of fighting the former Judo Gold Medal, Pawel Nastula, at last September 2006 Grand Prix, but Nastula refused to sign in. He introduced and developed alongside Robin Gracie, Alexander "Minduin" and Tito Beltrán BJJ in Spain. He is a Brown Belt in Judo. In Zagreb, Croatia, Werdum has a jiu-jitsu academy Winner - Werdum Croatia Academy (www.winner-croatia.com) established by his former coach Maurição and his pupil Bojan Mirkovic. He holds notable wins against Aleksander Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Gabriel Gonzaga and Roman Zentsov.
Werdum recently signed with the UFC, but lost his first match via unanimous decision to former champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 70 in Manchester, England in a decision that received heavy booing from the crowd for insufficient action.
He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. As a child, he was very playful and restless. He lived alone in Brazil when he was 15. This experience helped him a lot to build his character. He started training Jiu Jitsu after recommendation of an ex-girl friend, reluctant, as he didn't believe in Martial Arts. In love with the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he started training up to 8 hours a day after the first month with Marcio Corletta in the Porto Alegre Academy, Winner Behring. He is a close friend of Mario Reis since childhood and happened to start doing BJJ at the same time. After numerous trophies and titles in BJJ and submission wrestling he started with MMA career.
He started fighting in Jungle Fight, Millennium Brawl, and World Absolute Fight. He went 4-0-1 and winning a fight against among others Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO.
He debuted in Pride against Tom Erikson, winning by submission. Then he also beat Roman Zentsov by submission. He lossed his match against Sergei Kharitonov by decisison. He would win another fight in Pride before the Open Weight Grand Prix. In his first match he faced Alistair Overeem, he started by doing a jumping frontkick, the fight was pretty even at the beganing, towards the end Fabricio caught Allistair in a kimura forcing him to tapout. He faced next a fellow BJJ World Champ in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, It was a mostly a stand up fight (which was a surprise) that was doninated by Nogueria. It went to a decision that was for Nogueria.
Fabricio would have a short stint in 2h2h, facing Alexander Emelianenko (younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko) in a Heavyweight bout. He would beat Emelianeko by submission. The fight was mostly a grappling fight.
He went on to the UFC to face Andrei Arlovski in UFC 70: Nations Collide. It was a match that was pretty uneventful. It was more of a kickboxing match that had little action. Most of the match they were running away from each other and Werdum could never show his BJJ to the UFC fans because Arlovski was too strong and would never take to the ground. The UK fans booed the fight at the end. It went to a decision that went to Arlovski. In an unprecedented move in MMA, at one point referee Herb Dean actually warned both fighters that the next time either of them made a defensive/spoiling move a point would be deducted.
As of 8 August 2007, Werdum has joined the Brazilian MMA team Chute Boxe.
On November 2, 2007 Dana White announced Fabricio Werdum will fight in the Co-Main Event in a re-match against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 80.